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,
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
"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.