Alexandria, VA Police Department
Chief Reyes has been with the Alexandria Police Department since 1990. He has worked in almost every unit of the Police Department, including being the Department’s first domestic violence investigator then rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief. In 2000, he was the commander of the Emergency Communications Center and in the communications and interoperability “trenches” during the terrible incidents on September 11th and the Sniper incident that gripped the National Capital Region. In 2002 he was assigned fulltime to the National Institute of Justice CommTech Program (formerly the AGILE Program) and served there for three years conducting research, development and outreach in the communications and the interoperability arena when it was barely recognized at the national level as a critical public safety concern. Chief Reyes has managed public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria and continues to be a key player in the National Capital Region on communications, interoperability, data-sharing and most recently, mobile broadband. He has served as a key player in the Hispanic community, a patrol sector commander, special operations bureau commander and is currently the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau. In the National Capital Region (NCR), Deputy Chief Reyes chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Police Technology Subcommittee. This committee focuses on regional technology issues impacting law enforcement and it reports to the regions’ police chiefs. During his tenure, and in collaboration with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), this subcommittee focused on a regional law enforcement data sharing system (Law Enforcement Information Exchange – LInX) that includes the regions’ municipalities and the NCIS. Today there are over 225 agencies contributing data to this project from the Hampton Roads region of VA to the City of Baltimore. He is currently the NCR – LInX Governance Board Chair. At the state level, VA Governor Tim Kaine appointed Chief Reyes to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and the Commission on Immigration. He also chaired the VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). This committee coordinated interoperability issues statewide through end user collaboration and reported to the Governor through the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness. Focusing on training and standards for public safety communications was his priority while serving on this committee, including a statewide, standardized radio protocol, also known as common language protocol. He has been instrumental in assisting public safety agencies across the country transition from coded radio protocol to a common language protocol.
At the national level, he is a past chair of the Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Deputy Chief Reyes is also an active participant and voting member of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the SAFECOM Executive Committee, representing the IACP on each. He is also an active participant in the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee. Chief Reyes was appointed by Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski as the Vice-Chair of the FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). He also serves on the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), an assembly of multidiscipline professionals from eight interest communities, including law enforcement, sharing a common concern for transportation and public safety. Chief Reyes also represents the IACP on the Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training at the Nevada National Security Site developing training courses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), National Training and Education Division (NTED), Training Operations within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This training prepares first responders to take immediate, decisive action to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction, such as improvised nuclear devices (INDs). Deputy Chief Reyes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy – 227th Session; Leadership Alexandria 2010; Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) – Senior Management Institute for Police – 47th Session; graduate of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Chief Executive Officer Program and a past member of the Board of Rebuilding Together Alexandria. Deputy Chief Reyes is a native of New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and has a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration with a concentration in Administration of Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.