Subject Matter Expert
Areas of Expertise:
Technology, public safety communications, gunshot technologies, surveillance, biometrics, cybercrime, correction equipment, geospatial crime mapping
Charles Stephenson, a subject matter expert (SME) for SMART Policing, is a public safety technologist who for the past 10 years has assisted public safety agencies in addressing their technology needs and challenges while supporting the Department of Justice Wireless Management Office, along with various Office of Justice Programs such as the National Institute of Justice and the National Law Enforcement and Technology Centers. He is an expert in the field of communications and communications interoperability. Some of his more notable projects have involved the development of dynamic open architecture radios, gunshot-detection technologies and methods to combat the illicit use of cell phones in correctional facilities. Mr. Stephenson is a retired Army officer who served in both the Signal and Ordnance corps. He is experienced in system operation, development, and new equipment fielding, and has supported everything from tactical operations up through strategic communications throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Russia, Korea, and the Middle East. One of his major responsibilities while serving in the military was as combat developer for the Signal Corps Material Requirements Division, in which he was tasked with developing communication requirements to meet the future needs of the U.S. Army. Mr. Stephenson holds a master’s of business administration in project management from Columbia Southern University and a bachelor’s from the University of Maryland.