Former NYC police commissioner to deliver keynote at ISC West

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, March 1, 2004

LAS VEGAS - The former police commissioner of New York City who led the department in the days and months following the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks will be featured as the keynote speaker at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Industry Summit, the opening event of ISC West 2004. The security conference will be held from March 31 to April 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here.
Bernard Kerik, who became one of the country’s youngest jail wardens, most recently served as senior policy advisor to the U.S. presidential envoy to Iraq. He arrived in the city days after coalition forces invaded the city, as a presidential appointee of President George W. Bush as Iraq’s interim minister of interior. Kerik worked to rebuild Iraq’s 100,000-member public safety force, along with the country’s customs and border force. Using his extensive background in anti-terrorism, he also spent several years working in the Middle East for Saudi Royalty.

In 1995, after giving up a high profile jail warden position and joining the New York City police force as a beat cop in the mid 1980s, Kerik was tapped by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the city’s Department of Correction. Rising through the ranks of the department, Kerik was named Commissioner of Corrections in 1998 and worked to turn an agency considered unworkable into a national model and reduced inmate violence by 93 percent.

Kerik’s presentation is sponsored by ISC West, the Security Industry Association and the California Alarm Association.