DETROIT, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick today announced
the appointment of Shelby L. Slater as Detroit's Homeland Security and
Emergency Management Director -- one of the first such positions for local
government in the nation. This announcement comes five months after unveiling
one of the nation's first local homeland security strategies. The Mayor made
the announcement following President George Bush's visit to Detroit to discuss
border security with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
"As one of the nation's largest border cities, we must be at the forefront
of homeland security preparation and planning," said Mayor Kilpatrick. "In
April, we said that we would move aggressively on this plan and today is
further evidence of our commitment to secure the citizens and resources of
this city and region as a part of domestic defense."
The City of Detroit's 10-point homeland security strategy is being used as
a national model and is regarded by the federal government as one of the
leading models at the local level in homeland security. The announcement of
Shelby L. Slater as coordinator is the final piece of the puzzle for the five-
month-old strategy. Slater will be responsible for the implementation of
Detroit's Homeland Security strategy's 10-point action plan.
"Shelby's entire career has been serving in a military or paramilitary
position, leading a team towards accomplishing a mission," Mayor Kilpatrick
said. "There is no bigger mission than the coordination of our homeland
security efforts and emergency management system."
Slater is a longtime veteran of security planning and implementation.
Slater was one of the first in the state of Michigan to be certified as an
emergency management professional later serving as southeast Michigan's
Emergency Management Coordinator. As a 23-year veteran of the Michigan State
Police, Slater held several supervisory positions including leading a staff
specializing in nuclear security.
Slater also attended the FBI National Academy and U.S. Secret Service
Dignitary Protection School. He has earned several awards in the area of
security and law enforcement including a departmental citation for bravery,
and awards for professional excellence. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan
University where he earned a bachelor's degree in police administration and a
master's degree in liberal studies. He is currently a doctoral candidate in
the School of Public Administration at Kennedy-Western University.
As a part of its homeland security strategy announced in April, the
Kilpatrick Administration developed a 10-point action plan to become proactive
in its efforts to prepare locally for homeland defense. After extensive
review of city government, a 10-point plan was developed to cover the
* Action 1 - Appointing a homeland security director for implementation
* Action 2 - Developing a comprehensive emergency response strategy
* Action 3 - Leading a regional effort for establishing a safe and
* Action 4 - Connecting and expanding police, fire, EMS radio and
* Action 5 - Upgrading the city's E9-1-1 system and improvement of non-
emergency service's accessibility
* Action 6 - Deploying an electronic public health surveillance system
* Action 7 - Improving information sharing between federal, state,
county and local public safety and other appropriate
* Action 8 - Mobilizing local communities to work with authorities to
prevent future acts of domestic terrorism
* Action 9 - Developing comprehensive training programs for healthcare
providers, first responders and necessary personnel
* Action 10 - Developing a prioritized list of projects, events and
programs for pursuing additional state and federal
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