Daniel S. McDevitt Named Illinois Chiefs' Public Private Award Winner

Daniel S. McDevittDaniel S. McDevitt has been named the 2017 winner of the Laurence P. Mulcrone Public Private Partnership Award, given by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. McDevitt is a Principal with REM Management Services, where he worked with his longtime friend and business partner, Larry Mulcrone, who died in 2015. Dan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Security Professionals Association.

McDevitt was one of the leaders, along with Larry Doria of The Protection Group and P4 Global LLC, in creating a public-private partnership with the Illinois Chiefs that goes back for more than three decades. McDevitt attended many chiefs’ events while a Captain with the Illinois State Police and later when he was a police chief in two Illinois communities, Homewood and Lansing, from 1999-2009, and since he went to the private sector.

That continues until this day. McDevitt is one of the presenters at ILACP’s 2017 conference, where he and colleague Mark Field will address the value of a comprehensive operational and liability analysis for law enforcement agencies and the increasing value of independent investigations.

“Dan’s friendship with Larry Mulcrone, after whom we named our award, was really, really special,” said ILACP President Steven Casstevens, who is the police chief in Buffalo Grove. “On top of that, he has been so supportive of municipal law enforcement when he worked in it and from his newer perspective in the private sector. He’s in a unique position to appreciate and teach the value of great collaboration between police departments and the private security industry.”

Mulcrone was a business partner of McDevitt’s at REM Management Services at the time of his death in 2015. The Illinois Chiefs happened to be holding their annual conference the day that Mulcrone died, and ILACP’s Executive Board voted unanimously that day to name this new Public Private Partnership Award in Mulcrone’s honor.

McDevitt began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service). He then served for 24 years with the Illinois State Police, retiring as a Captain, and then served for ten years as Chief of Police in two Chicago suburbs.

McDevitt has a Master of Science degree, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Executive Development Program, and has taught at colleges, universities, and police academies in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for both civilian and military law enforcement personnel. He currently develops management courses and is an instructor throughout the United States for the University of North Florida and other training programs. He has authored three books: Police Chief: How to Attain and Succeed at this Critical Position (written with Mark Field); "Major Case Management: A Guide for Law Enforcement Managers; and Managing the Investigative Unit. He also has written many law enforcement and management articles, and has served as a consultant for both governmental agencies and private corporations.

He served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State on several occasions, planning and conducting protective service details for such dignitaries as the Dalai Lama, the Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, and others. He has developed and presented courses for the State Department's Global Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and the Department of Defense Executive Institute, and has traveled extensively internationally, providing training programs and consulting with host country police personnel on a variety of issues.

McDevitt is also retired as an Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Navy, where he held the rank of Lieutenant Commander after completing a twenty-year career that included both enlisted and commissioned service. As a Medical Corpsman he cared for Vietnam wounded Naval and Marine Corps personnel, and as an Intelligence Officer, he specialized in foreign counterintelligence and analysis of terrorist operations. He was recalled to active duty for the Gulf War, where he conducted counter-surveillance operations and protective services.

McDevitt and his wife Marilyn have been married since 1972 and have two children and five grandchildren.

McDevitt will receive his award on April 21 during the Illinois Chiefs’ annual conference in Oak Brook.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is a 1,300-member organization representing more than 450 Illinois agencies.

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