James Dudley


James Dudley has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience, having served in the Patrol, Investigations, Homeland Security, Airport and Administration Bureaus of the San Francisco Police Department.  Mr. Dudley served in each rank up to Deputy Chief. As the Commander of Patrol, Mr. Dudley brought the SFPD into state compliance by using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for all Operations Orders.  This helped standardize planning and response, personnel tracking and fund recovery during disasters.  As Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Mr. Dudley oversaw Emergency Plans for the Department and served as liaison to the rest of the City in managing major events and incidents.  Past event management included the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers, Giants World Series Home Games, and acting as the principal public safety planner for America’s Cup events in 2012 and 2013.

A major component of Mr. Dudley’s work was to collaborate with the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) in standardizing use of Incident Management for events and incidents.  A part of this function was to activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and at the department level, heading up the Department Operations Center (DOC) for large events and incidents.  Mr. Dudley participated in the Citywide Disaster Council Meetings and served as a Subject Matter Expert in plans and exercises for events such as the annual “Golden Guardian” regional disaster response training exercise and Urban Shield events.

Mr. Dudley has training and an extensive background in counter-terrorism, threat assessment, critical infrastructure protection and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).  In addition, Mr. Dudley advised on and conducted Security Assessments on commercial buildings and recently was an advisor in the security foundation section for the new Trans-bay Terminal Project in San Francisco.

Mr. Dudley holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University and in June 2015 will complete a MAS in Criminal Justice from the University of California – Irvine.  In addition he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the FBI National Academy, Quantico Virginia.