Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today named veteran law enforcement leader Louis F. Quijas as Assistant Director of the newly created Office of Law Enforcement Coordination in Washington, DC.

The Office of Law Enforcement Coordination was created to enhance the coordination and communication between the FBI and state, municipal, county and tribal law enforcement on a national level. As head of the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, Mr. Quijas will serve as the FBI's point of contact for the national leadership of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association, the Major Cities Chiefs' Association, the Major County Sheriff's Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement-related organizations.

"Chief Quijas brings a broad and experienced law enforcement background to this new and critically important law enforcement coordinator position," said Kathleen L. McChesney, the FBI's Executive Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services, a senior FBI position recently created by Director Mueller. "Chief Quijas is a leader in the national law enforcement community and is highly regarded and widely respected for both innovation and organization. He will play a key role in our efforts to foster cooperation and strengthen law enforcement relationships and information sharing at every level. He will be especially critical in helping to combine state and local resources into the national terrorism prevention efforts."

Mr. Quijas will also serve as liaison between the FBI and the Office of Homeland Security, and he will recommend policies and programs to enhance the effectiveness of the FBI's law enforcement partnerships. Mr. Quijas will provide advice and guidance to FBI executives regarding the use of state and municipal law enforcement expertise, experience and resources in criminal, cybercrime and counterterrorism investigations and task forces.

Mr. Quijas comes to the Bureau after a distinguished 29-year career in law enforcement. Currently, Mr. Quijas is the Chief of Police for the High Point Police Department, High Point, North Carolina, where he is responsible for the safety and quality of life for the city's population of 90,000 with a force of 200 officers. Mr. Quijas started his law enforcement career with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, where he received progressive promotions to the rank of Major. While in Kansas City he received the Metropolitan Chief and Sheriff's Association Award for Valor; the Kansas City Police Department's Distinguished Service Award; and the Community Leadership Award from the Federal Executive Board of Greater Kansas City.

Mr. Quijas has been active in community organizations including "Childwatch," the Salvation Army and the Guilford County AIDS partnership. He is a past president of the Latino Peace Officers Association and a member of the National Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Mr. Quijas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and his Master of Public Affairs degree from Park College in Parkville, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police.


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