Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Cheryl Assis is CRCOG’s Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security. She has worked at CRCOG for more than 23 years beginning as a Public Safety Planner in 1999 and promoted as the first Director of the newly created department in 2006. Ms. Assis is responsible for the oversight of Department and its employees and contractors. The primary function is to manage federal homeland security funds for the 41 communities in the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Region 3. This includes the Capitol Region HAZMAT team, Hartford Bomb Squad, nine regional SWAT teams, the Metropolitan Medical Response System, Capitol Region Medical Reserve Corps, Capitol Region Citizen Corps Council, and the Incident Communications Team. The department also administers the CAPTAIN mobile data communications system for police and fire users, conducts training sessions and exercise series for participating communities, staffs the Capitol Region Emergency Planning Council and Capitol Region Chiefs of Police Association and is the regional fiduciary agent for CTDPH Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funds.
Ms. Assis serves as a member of the State of Connecticut Homeland Security Advisory Board, the Statewide Homeland Security Working Group, the Goodwin College Homeland Security Advisory Board and the Greater Hartford Public Safety Academy Governing Board.