The Hon. Charles DeWitt

A former deputy sheriff who studied criminology at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the career of Chuck DeWitt has spanned four decades of public service. A graduate of Stanford University in California, Mr. DeWitt rose from deputy sheriff to Director of the Justice Division for Santa Clara County. Mr. DeWitt left his post in Silicon Valley to become a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice in 1984, where he was responsible for corrections and law enforcement programs.  He was assigned to the White House in 1989 to investigate terrorist threats and review border security. Mr. DeWitt was then nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become Director of the National Institute of Justice. Mr. DeWitt developed and authorized many policy and technology projects still underway at the U.S. Department of Justice, ranging from community policing to DNA evidence systems. He approved hundreds of grants to law enforcement agencies to demonstrate innovations in policing that are operational today. Programs to strengthen the Nation’s justice system included joint efforts with the FBI, Secret Service and interagency agreements with National Laboratories to foster new technologies, communications, and information systems.  

Chuck DeWitt left the U.S. Government in 1993, when he and partner Scott Green established Lafayette Group to provide management services and technical support for public safety and national security agencies. Over the course of 20 years, they have earned the trust and confidence of both Government agencies and industry, through a consistent record of integrity and commitment.

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