Inglewood, CA (June 5, 2013) - The City of Inglewood announces that Police Captain James D. Madia has been selected to speak at this year's National Homeland Security Conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The annual conference, organized by the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), features a variety of homeland security topics and subject-matter experts from around the world, representing a diverse cross-section of homeland security disciplines.
Captain Madia will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary discussion panel on large-scale event planning and operation, featuring the landing and movement of Space Shuttle Endeavour as a case study. Madia was the planning coordinator and operational commander for the Inglewood Unified Command during Mission 26: The Big Endeavour, where the space shuttle was moved from the Los Angeles International Airport, through the streets of Inglewood, and onto the California Science Center in October 2012. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday June 5th during the weeklong conference. Event planning, threat assessment, and security operations have become particularly salient issues since the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The panel is expected to be a large draw at the conference.
Captain Madia is a law enforcement and homeland security professional with 28 years of public service. Madia was promoted to the rank of Captain on May 10, 2013, and he currently serves as the Command Officer for the Office of Patrol Services. Madia served over 10 years as the Inglewood Police Department Command Officer for the Emergency Response Team, coordinating response efforts at over 40 incidents, including labor disputes, protest marches, mass casualty incidents, and hostage negotiations. This included pre-planned events such as the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel at the Inglewood Forum in 2008 and the transportation of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during Mission 26: The Big Endeavour in October 2012.
Having earned a Master's Degree in Homeland Security, and advanced educational certificates in Counter-Terrorism and Incident Command Systems, Madia developed particular expertise in homeland security-related concerns, including emergency response, large-scale event planning, threat assessment, emergency management, and disaster preparedness. Captain Madia holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University. He also holds Executive Certificates from the University of Southern California, National Counter-Terrorism Academy, and Texas A&M University, and he serves as the Department's primary instructor in public information/media relations, crisis communications, hostage negotiations, counter-terrorism, and emergency response. He has taught classes and presented seminars for in-service training, conferences, community colleges, and at the university level.