State Police honor Bounds as top Civilian Employee

CHESWOLD — Ronald Bounds of the Delaware Information & Analysis Center has been chosen as the Delaware State Police Civilian Employee of the Year.
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Delaware State Police Civilian Employee of the Year Ronald Bounds, middle, is pictured with, from left, Delaware Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro, Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Attorney General Matt Denn, and DSTA President Lt. Thomas Brackin. Submitted photo/Delaware State Police)


According to police in a news release, civilian employees nominated for the award display outstanding performance and meet the following criteria:

• Exceptional service as identified by the employee’s performance evaluations

• A consistent record of such service through their years of employment

• Recognition by their peers for outstanding character and integrity.

Four civilian Delaware State Police employees were nominated this year.

According to police, Mr. Bounds served with DIAC for a decade. He is currently assigned to the DIAC Critical Infrastructure Unit and is the most senior member.

Responsibilities and successes of Mr. Bounds’ unit include:

• Maintains important sites, locations and businesses in Delaware that are central to the day-to-day life of the state’s citizens. These locales affect their health, safety and security, as well as the state’s economic welfare. The unit conducts outreach and maintains contact lists for these locations. This information is shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and constitutes a small part of the larger operating picture when looking at the entire United States.

• The unit concentrates on monitoring activities on Delaware’s waterways, with the assistance of DIAC intelligence analysts and the DSP Maritime Unit. From the beginning, police said, this initiative had been built upon partnerships with private industry and other government entities, stretching beyond traditional law enforcement. This was done with the belief that homeland security is not just a police mission and that it is a collective community effort, according to authorities.

These combined resources and agreements are moving the project closer to achieving improved coverage, police said. Looking beyond the borders of Delaware, the unit shared the information with authorities in the neighboring states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania who possesses a keen interest in what vessel traffic is moving in their direction or along their shores.

• Police said another part of the unit’s responsibility is conducting vulnerability assessments for local governments. Through knowledge gained from training and experience, the unit has pointed out potential security weaknesses and the identified the most prudent and cost-effective remedies for addressing these vulnerabilities, police said. The intent is to deter a potential threat and/or mitigate the extent of damage if hostile action occurs at a particular location.

This type of assessment has become a required component when formulating grant requests, according to authorities. As such, requests for assessments are on the rise and additional demands are being placed upon the unit, police said.

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