Mr. Marieo Foster currently serves as the Chief of Police and Director of the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management (OPSEM) for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). In this role, Chief Foster has executive oversight for the law enforcement, public safety and emergency management functions for the entire university system. Prior to joining the UDC Police department, Chief Foster was the founding Chief of the Arlington National Cemetery Law Enforcement Division. In this role, he was responsible for building the agency, including, staffing, developing policies and procedures, serving as a critical voice on establishing the physical headquarters location, equipment and infrastructure, and building relationships with the surrounding community, including mutual aid agreements with partner law enforcement agencies. Chief Foster has over 28 years of law enforcement, security and antiterrorism/force protection experience in both government and industry, he has completed operational and management assignments all over the United States rising in rank and responsibility from patrol officer, ATF K9 handler, criminal investigator/federal agent and Chief of Police.
Chief Foster holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Charleston, a Master of Arts degree in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of Saint Thomas, is a graduate of the 271st Session of the FBI National Academy, is a course graduate of the Army’s Staff Management College, and is a graduate of both Basic Police and Criminal Investigator Training Programs at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the United States Army Military Police School.
During his time as a United States Army Military Police Officer assigned with the 3rd US Inf. “The Old Guard”, while he did not receive the TGIB – Chief Foster had the honor of guarding the Unknowns at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and was a member of the US Army’s elite Presidential Honor Guard unit, The United States Army Drill Team before being honorably discharged from active duty service.
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