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United States Capitol Police

Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr.

Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677

03/19/2008

   

Appointments of Inspector Yancey H. Garner, Jr. as Deputy Chief
and Inspector Matthew R. Verderosa as Deputy Chief

Please join me in congratulating Inspector Yancey H. Garner and Inspector Matthew R. Verderosa in their appointments effective March 16, 2008.

Both Deputy Chief Garner and Deputy Chief Verderosa are accomplished leaders who foster teamwork and have a deep dedication to each employee for whom they are responsible. They are strong supporters of the values of the United States Capitol Police and have demonstrated their firm commitment to the vision and mission of the Department. Following are synopses of their respective career histories that will familiarize Department personnel with their professional backgrounds.

Deputy Chief Garner joined the United States Capitol Police in 1983, where his first duty assignment was with the Senate Division. In 1984, Deputy Chief Garner transferred to the Patrol/Mobile Response Division where he served until 1994.

In 1994, Deputy Chief Garner was promoted to sergeant and served within the Department’s First Responder Unit, Patrol/Mobile Response Division, and Internal Affairs and Inspections Division through 1998. During this time, Deputy Chief Garner led and coordinated the Drug Recognition Expert Program from 1995 to 1997.

In 1998, Deputy Chief Garner was promoted to lieutenant with assignments in the House Chamber Section, Capitol Division, and Internal Affairs and Inspections Division. During his service as lieutenant, Deputy Chief Garner resolved issues and created consensus as the Departmental Negotiator between the USCP and Teamsters for the Collective Bargaining Unit Contract of 2001.

After being promoted to captain in 2002, Deputy Chief Garner served as the commander of the Protective Service Bureau’s Investigations Division. He helped to create a threat matrix for the Threat Assessment Section that increased and enhanced overall efficiency and caseload management.  Deputy Chief Garner also led the Department’s surveillance and counter-surveillance capabilities for major events including IMF/World Bank, State of the Union, and various anti-war demonstrations.  Deputy Chief Garner directed the planning, coordination and operations for surveillance and intelligence activities during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 2004.

In 2004, after his promotion to inspector, Deputy Chief Garner created the Office of Professional Responsibility from its inception including development of a strategically aligned business plan, mission statement, and budget requirement.  During his service as inspector, Deputy Chief Garner was also assigned to the Patrol/Mobile Response Division, and the Capitol Division.  Deputy Chief Garner revitalized and improved operations for the Patrol/Mobile Response Division through staffing initiatives, promotion of core values through creation of an inspection program, and development and implementation of training initiatives. 

Deputy Chief Garner served as the acting deputy chief of the Operational Services Bureau from February 2006 to January 2007.  As the current commander of the Capitol Division since February 2007, Deputy Chief Garner continues to oversee major events and serves as the lead department representative for the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Deputy Chief Garner is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts.  Additionally, Deputy Chief Garner holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland.

Deputy Chief Matthew Verderosa joined the United States Capitol Police in 1986, where his first duty assignment was with the Capitol Division and then served on the First Responder Unit. In 1989, he transferred to the Patrol/Mobile Response Division.

In 1990, Deputy Chief Verderosa became a detective and served within the Department’s Dignitary Protection Division.  During his service, Deputy Chief Verderosa provided chamber security for the Senate and House of Representatives as well as protection for visiting dignitaries and other VIPs. Deputy Chief Verderosa also served in the Threat Assessment Section of the Protective Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Verderosa transferred to the Special Events Section in 1991 and coordinated dignitary arrivals with outside agencies and Department elements, in addition to coordinating demonstration activities with various groups seeking to exercise First Amendment activities.

After being promoted to sergeant in 1992, Deputy Chief Verderosa had assignments in the Capitol Division First Responder Unit, Patrol/Mobile Response Division, and Internal Affairs Division. As a sergeant on the Patrol/Mobile Response Division, Deputy Chief Verderosa coordinated planning for special events, escorts and enforcement actions.  He has also represented the Department at briefings and community meetings.  While assigned to the Internal Affairs Division, Deputy Chief Verderosa conducted administrative and criminal investigations and became certified on various investigative techniques. Deputy Chief Verderosa also instructed supervisors in courses relating to the Internal Affairs function and disciplinary matters.

Deputy Chief Verderosa was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998 and was assigned to the Capitol Division, Senate Chamber Section.  He drafted, managed and implemented several security plans including operational security plan for the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.  While assigned to the Strategic Planning Division from 2000 to 2003, Deputy Chief Verderosa served as the Department’s Accreditation Manager and successfully led the Department’s first Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA Inc.), Accreditation.  Additionally, Deputy Chief Verderosa was an active member of several internal task forces. During the Anthrax Remediation Project, Deputy Chief Verderosa served as the Department’s night shift incident commander from October 2001 through April 2002.  On his assignment in the Office of the Chief, Deputy Chief Verderosa served as the Assistant to the Chief of Police.  He drafted and instituted new policy initiatives, coordinated briefings for Congressional staff, and internal and external stakeholders. 

In 2004, Deputy Chief Verderosa was promoted to captain and assigned to the House Division where he served as the Operations Commander and provided daily operational leadership to the Department’s largest organizational element. 

Deputy Chief Verderosa was promoted to Inspector in 2005 and served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief of Operations.  During his service, he coordinated major projects and enhanced effective communication between the Chief of Operations and stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of services by operational elements.  Deputy Chief Verderosa transferred to the House Division and assumed command in January 2006. In that role, Deputy Chief Verderosa was responsible for and in command of a diverse workforce consisting of both sworn and civilian personnel, and is the operational commander for all events occurring within the House Division.

Deputy Chief Verderosa holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, and a Master of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

I welcome Deputy Chief Garner and Deputy Chief Verderosa to the Executive Management Team, and look forward to the positive impact that they will have on the Department in their new positions. 

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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer