Chief of Police (Retired)
Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department
Clarence Edwards has more than 38 years of supervisory, management and CEO experience in law enforcement and security that includes six years of experience as a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. As the commissioner in charge of the Federal Protective Service from 1997 to 2000, he was responsible for directing the General Services Administration’s (GSA) national law enforcement and security program for more than 8,500 federal facilities. He was also responsible for the oversight and development of GSA’s nationwide threat assessment program, analyzing vulnerabilities and establishing security staffing priorities and recommendations for government-wide mitigation strategies. In this position, he established liaison with the FBI International Terrorism Branch at FBI Headquarters and with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Andrews Air Force Base to ensure more time-sensitive criminal intelligence for GSA’s security and law enforcement programs.
From 2000 to 2003, Edwards served as GSA’s primary representative on the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) and was responsible for evaluating and initiating agency-wide anti-terrorism preventive measures. He was an integral member of the GSA senior management team that promulgated government-wide security policies and protocols and initiated ongoing dialogue with the Technical Support Working Group, a federal interagency counter-terrorism committee established to ensure rapid prototyping of best practice security solutions. During this period, Edwards also directed the development of a 14-site national videoconferencing system to improve real-time communications capabilities during emergencies.
Prior to his employment with GSA, Edwards was chief of police for Montgomery County, Maryland. During his tenure as chief, he developed recruiting strategies that successfully recruited 108 minority and female police officers—strategies that quieted community-based complaints about the sincerity of the department’s recruitment efforts and diminished tensions between county police and its various minority populations. Edwards also served as commander of the Montgomery County Division of the Maryland National Capital Park Police wherein his efforts to reduce incidences of illegal drug activity and outreach strategies to emerging immigrant populations were recognized by both county officials and the media.
Edwards joined the United States Park Police as a patrol officer in 1963. During his 21-year career with that force, he served in Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City. His assignments included patrol, traffic, criminal investigations, internal affairs, detail instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, commander of special weapons and tactics teams, commander of community relations, commander of the New York Field Office and commander of the Administrative Services Division. Upon his retirement in 1984, Edwards held the rank of major. His more significant awards during his career with the United States Park Police include a Governor’s Citation from former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, commendations from former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and a commendation from former Washington Catholic Diocese Archbishop William Cardinal Baum.
Edwards also has served on the FBI Director’s Law Enforcement Advisory Group and is a former member of George Mason University’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He has provided international presentations to top security officials in the Republic of South Africa; Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Toronto and Montreal, Canada. He has served as a guest lecturer at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Gaborone, Botswana, and provided critical incident management training to the Ugandan National Police in Kampala, Uganda; the Greek and Cyprus Police Forces in Athens, Greece; and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Clarence, who currently resides in the Washington, D. C. area, holds a Master of Science degree in applied psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of criminal justice from American University. His specialized training includes being a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Justice and Safety Institute, High Impact Supervision Training Program; Federal Executive Institute; FBI National Executive Institute; and FBI National Academy.