James Crane, Communications & Public Safety Subject Matter Expert

James O. Crane is an accomplished communications professional, law enforcement commander, and program manager with 25 years of experience in a variety of assignments, including 10 years at the command level and more than a decade leading communications planning and operations efforts.

James served as Commander in the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department and as a project and program manager on many sensitive and critical assignments, from managing the District of Columbia’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to coordinating operations with the U.S. Secret Service and State Department. He has also led many sophisticated regional communications initiatives, including as a member of the executive teams of the National Capital Region Law Enforcement Information Exchange, the Interoperability Communication Committee (2013 Chair), and the Capital Wireless Integration Network Executive Board.

Among other high level assignments, James led the communications division and the office of police communications for MPD, and was responsible for planning and management of major communications infrastructure and services projects. As head of a number of different divisions within MPD at various times, he supervised staff ranging in size from 75 to 375 officers and civilians. He holds a secret security clearance through the FBI.