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Mr. Charles Dowd

Asst. Chief (Ret) NYPD
Former Board Member, FirstNet


A 30 year veteran of the NYC Police Department, Charles F. Dowd, was the Assistant Chief of the Department’s Communications Division with more than 1,500 members, is responsible for the world’s busiest 9-1-1 telephone system receiving over 11 million calls per year and the N.Y.P.D. police radio operation dispatching 4.5 million radio runs annually. The radio network consists of over 67 voice frequencies, 1,200 receivers, 150 transmitters, and 32,000 portable radios. He was the Police Department’s lead representative on several major projects in the City of New York including a new Digital Recording system for 9-1-1. This system was used to run a successful pilot project for domestic violence cases to deliver 9-1-1 emergency calls electronically to prosecutors as evidence for initial court appearances. He was also the Department’s lead on Mayor Bloomberg’s new 3-1-1 Government Services telephone system, and instrumental in integrating the 3-1-1 system with the City’s 9-1-1 system. Currently, he is involved in Mayor Bloomberg’s new initiative to merge Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical communications, as well as 9-1-1 services into one consolidated Public Safety Answering Center, a 1.5 billion dollar project. He was tasked with the responsibility of establishing the Communications Plan for Public Safety/ Interoperability for the Republican National Convention held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Chief Dowd was in command at the New York City PSAP on September 11, 2001, coordinating the NYPD’s communications response. He has testified before the FCC on both new-technology 911 VOIP call delivery first implemented successfully on a large scale in NYC and 700 mhz public safety broadband spectrum. He has testified before several Congressional sub-committees on public safety radio and interoperability issues. He has had articles published in several Public Safety and IT magazines.