Homeland Security & Public Safety

Public Safety Coordination

In the multi-jurisdictional metropolitan Washington region, ensuring safe communities for residents and visitors requires planning and coordination across various agencies on a wide range of issues, including emergency response, information sharing, and crime prevention. Throughout its history, COG has championed this planning and coordination, such as its ongoing support of regional mutual aid agreements. These cooperative agreements allow police, fire, and other emergency resources to be shared across jurisdictional borders and have aided regional responses from the 1968 civil disturbances following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to presidential inaugurations.

In addition to strengthening emergency response, COG brings together first responders—including the region’s police and fire chiefs—to address public safety issues at the regional scale, ranging from gangs to drunk driving to fire safety. COG’s police committees are a venue for officials to share best practices and innovative law enforcement strategies. COG supports police, fire/EMS, and emergency management officials as they work on communications interoperability and training. COG also convenes other public servants dedicated to ensuring safe communities, such as corrections and animal services officials. 


News & Multimedia

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  • MPD at Inauguration

    Inauguration weekend security a regional effort

    March 1, 2017

    As thousands of visitors descended on metropolitan Washington for Inauguration weekend, area homeland security and public safety personnel stood ready to...

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    COG, Board of Trade help regional leaders prepare for 2017 Inauguration

    January 18, 2017

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Greater Washington Board of Trade partnered to host a free briefing on January 12, featuring top...

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    Geldart, Schwartz presented with COG award for regional leadership

    December 20, 2016

    COG’s Ronald F. Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership was presented to two regional leaders, the District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency...

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    COG recognizes local public safety leader for 62 years of service

    November 17, 2016

    Fairfax County Public Safety Communications Director Stephen Souder, who recently retired after more than 60 years of public safety service in the metropolitan...

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    Sprint representatives brief area officials on cause of August 9-1-1 outage

    September 27, 2016

    Representatives from Sprint briefed the COG Board on the cause of an August 16, 2016 outage that impacted calls to 9-1-1 in several of the region’s...

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    COG, Members Promote National Preparedness Month

    September 9, 2016

    September is National Preparedness Month and COG and its members are encouraging everyone in the region to be prepared for emergencies at home, at work, and...

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