Bruce Richter, Emergency Communications Coordinator, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works with public safety and officials at all levels of government and across all disciplines to lead nationwide efforts to raise awareness and help guard against cyber threats and improve emergency communications capabilities to help keep our Nation secure and resilient against all threats and hazards. Bruce Richter works as CISA Emergency Communications Coordinator across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. In this role, he supports efforts to build and improve public safety communication capabilities, and advocate for more capable, interoperable, and resilient emergency communications capabilities. Bruce joined DHS in 2009 as the first Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator in the United States. Emergency Communications Coordinators now cover the entire nation.
Richter previously served eight years supporting the USDOJ National Institute of Justice, as Deputy Director of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-Northwest, providing direct technology support, research, and information to public safety agencies. Bruce is a retired Anchorage Police Department (APD) Captain. As a Division Commander with APD, he managed the regional 9-1-1 emergency communications center and later served as the patrol division commander.
Bruce began his public safety career as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger and gained experience in wildfire response and wilderness search and rescue as a backcountry ranger in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Denali and Olympic National Parks. He summitted Denali during a month-long traverse of North America’s highest mountain.
His first trip to Alaska was courtesy of the US Army. While in the Army, Bruce graduated from Northern Warfare School at Ft. Greely, Alaska and later served with the 9th Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington.
A life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Bruce is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, completed the Southern Police Institute command officers’ school at University of Louisville, and was awarded the Honorary title of Kentucky Colonel by the Kentucky Governor.
A graduate of the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA), Bruce also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. As a UAA Adjunct faculty member, he developed and taught three different upper division Justice Program elective courses.
Bruce volunteers in support of the Alaska Peace Officers Association (APOA) and the current APOA Anchorage Chapter President.