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Meet the Principal Deputy Director

Photo: Joshua A. Ederheimer, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Joshua A. Ederheimer is the Principal Deputy Director and First Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (known as the COPS Office).

The COPS Office is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for supporting local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Its mission is to advance community policing nationwide through funding, technical assistance, research, publications, and other resources. The COPS Office also provides the Administration with information about local law enforcement and acts as a liaison with the field. To date, the COPS Office has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of resources to the field.

As Principal Deputy Director, Mr. Ederheimer is the senior executive that serves as the second-in-charge of the agency reporting to the Director. Mr. Ederheimer was also designated by the Attorney General to serve as the Acting Director from March 2013 through November 2013. He is currently in his fourth year with the COPS Office, and is tasked with ensuring the Department of Justice’s priorities are achieved through the management of an active portfolio of nearly $2 billion.

Mr. Ederheimer has been instrumental in managing a federally funded, competitive hiring program that has funded nearly 9,000 law enforcement positions since 2009, including several thousand public safety jobs that were in jeopardy due to local budget cuts. The COPS Hiring Program most recently helped fund more than 300 law enforcement positions for military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as nearly 400 school resource officers. In addition, Mr. Ederheimer has led the development of the COPS Office’s innovative Collaborative Reform Model of Technical Assistance, designed for law enforcement agencies faced with a variety of complex challenges. Also, at the Attorney General’s direction, he has helped advance the issue of officer safety and wellness to the highest level, working to increase vigilance and awareness. Mr. Ederheimer led COPS efforts to provide technical assistance and support to the Newtown Police Department following the Sandy Hook massacre, to the Boston Police Department in the aftermath of the Marathon attack, and to the Detroit Police Department in the wake of the city’s bankruptcy issues.

Prior to coming to the Department in 2010, Mr. Ederheimer spent more than 22 years at the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD), where he attained the rank of Assistant Chief. As a member of MPD, he served in a variety of areas including patrol, investigations, administration, and command. During his tenure at MPD, he successfully designed and implemented numerous complex training and community oriented policing programs, several of which evolved into national models. Noteworthy projects included the creation of the Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division, the Environmental Crimes Unit, the Compliance Monitoring Team (for the implementation of an agreement with the DOJ Civil Rights Division), and the Professional Development Bureau. He also reformed the agency’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance, the MPD Training Division, the Public Housing Division, and the Internal Affairs Division.

Mr. Ederheimer also served for three years as the Director of the Center on Force and Accountability at the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C. As the Center’s founding Director, Mr. Ederheimer conducted research and provided guidance to law enforcement organizations both nationally and abroad on police use of force, accountability, and leadership topics. He led both federally and privately supported national police initiatives, and provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies on numerous public safety topics.

In addition, Mr. Ederheimer has served on the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund; the Board of Trustees of the National Law Enforcement Museum; the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Forum; was appointed to the District of Columbia Police Standards and Training Board; and has served on the District of Columbia Police Foundation.

For more than ten years, Mr. Ederheimer was an Adjunct Professor of Justice at American University’s School of Public Affairs, teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on law enforcement. He has written extensively about policing, having published and edited numerous articles, books, and publications, and has been interviewed and spoken to groups around the world about law enforcement practices, trends, and evolution.

In 2002, he received the Cafritz Award from the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership for his reforms implemented at MPD in the Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division. Mr. Ederheimer also serves as a mentor in the Young Government Leaders (YGL) mentoring program, which is part of the Senior Executive Association Project Next Generation initiative that mentors the rising generation of government leaders.

Mr. Ederheimer holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice from American University, and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.

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