Major Charles Guddemi is currently the Commander, ICON Protection Branch of the Central District, United States Park Police. That’s a pretty impressive title, and as you might imagine, goes hand-in-hand with a huge amount of responsibility in and around the Washington D.C. area.
For those who know Charlie, however, it’s nothing he can’t handle. In fact, Charlie has been phenomenally successful responding to pressure all his life.
While at Farrell, Charlie, was a Catholic Football League All-Star center for the Lions. Following his graduation in 1984, he attended SUNY-Albany, where he was a four-year starter on the football team, and was elected captain his senior year. He graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in business.
He soon started his career with the U.S. Park Police, assigned to Washington, D.C. But like all members of the Park Police, the Capitol area was merely the first stop on a career that has seen him criss-cross the country. A move to the San Francisco field office was followed by an assignment back to the East Coast. He returned to New York in 1995 when he was posted to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
While at Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty, Charlie designed a multi-layered security plan that has become a model for many of this country’s critical infrastructure, including one which integrated various city, state, and federal agencies.
He began coaching at Farrell shortly after his return, first as JV offensive line coach, then as freshman offensive coordinator. Like his federal career, his teams were highly successful. Working with his friend and Monsignor Farrell classmate Gary Romeo, their teams amassed a record of 99-26 in 13 years.
After promotions to sergeant and lieutenant, Charlie was made captain and re-assigned to Philadelphia to serve as the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Specialist, responsible for overseeing the law enforcement and security operations for the National Park Service’s 77 units in 13 Northeast states
He was transferred to Washington, D.C. in 2010, and in July of this year was promoted to major. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Central District which includes all of the D.C. Monuments and Memorials, National Mall and the White House zone, Special Forces. He commands the SWAT, K9, Aviation, Motorcycle and Honor Guard Units and the Special Events Unit responsible for managing all Special Events and First Amendment Activities on National Park Service Property in the Washington, D.C. area.
He is in much demand as a speaker in the U.S. and abroad on national security issues and contingency planning, and critical infrastructure protection.
He lives in Washington D.C. with his girlfriend Cathy Lynn Lanier, the Chief of Police of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.