Assistant Chief Grayling G. Williams has been in law enforcement for approximately 35 years. He started his career as a police officer with the Yale University Police Department and went on to serve as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 22 years.
As a DEA agent, Mr. Williams spent ten years in the New England Field Division conducting numerous undercover operations and conspiracy investigations. Mr. Williams also served as a Group Supervisor in the Baltimore, Maryland District Office where he supervised the HIDTA Mass Transit Drug Interdiction Task Force and in the Washington, DC Division Office where he supervised an investigative enforcement group. A former instructor at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Williams taught Undercover Operations, Surveillance Techniques, and Informant Management to law enforcement officers in the U.S., Argentina, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. In January 2006, he was detailed to the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), to assist in the development of the DOJ Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program. His last assignments with the DEA were Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Policy and Source Management Section where he managed the DEA informant program, and the development of operational policy, and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Operations.
In December 2009, President Obama nominated Mr. Williams and the U.S. Senate confirmed him as the Director of the Office of Counter-Narcotics Enforcement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For two years Mr. Williams coordinated DHS policy/strategy with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to stop the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband into the United States.
Upon retirement from federal service, Mr. Williams became the Chief of the Internal Investigation Division at the Baltimore Police Department and from there was recruited to develop the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. In January 2015, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Williams State Inspector General where he managed investigations into waste, fraud, and abuse by state agencies.
Mr. Williams is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Mr. Williams has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and a Master of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University.
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