Steven K. Swensen, Director, CJES, LLC
After a distinguished 23+ year career with the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Steve became Director of the Center for Judicial and Executive Security, LLC (CJES) in July of 2009.
Self-evident of the exemplary manner and high level in which he carried out his Deputy U.S. Marshal, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, and Protective Intelligence Investigator position duties and responsibilities, Steve retired as one of the most decorated and honored deputies in the nation.
In recognition of his duty performance Steve was appointed as a Subject-Matter-Expert (SME) to the USMS Special Purpose and Support Space Requirements and Specifications Working Group, USMS Threat Analysis Division Process Improvement and Program Review Teams, a Court Security Officer's (CSO) Contracting Officer's (COR) Training Board and CSO Policy and Procedures Working Group, and two National CSO Contract (4-year commitments) Technical Evaluation Boards (TEB).
In 2005 Steve was appointed as a SME to the USMS, Judicial Security Division (JSD), Office of Protective Intelligence (OPI) Working Group tasked with updating and revising the national "USMS Guide to Protective Investigations and Contemporary Threat Management" and developing the Protective Intelligence Training Program (PITP) course of study. The 1980's/1990's D/Minnesota Threat Management Program, as designed and developed by Steve, was used as one of the models for the original USMS Protective Investigations Program.
He was the USMS designated Security Programs Manager for the 1994-1997 Minneapolis Federal Courthouse Construction and 1992-1994 Saint Paul Federal Courthouse Renovation projects. For over a 20-year period Steve was responsible for developing, revising, updating, and implementing Contingency, Occupant Emergency, and Judicial Security Plans for all United States Courthouses in the District of Minnesota.
Steve served a 12-year commitment as the district's Court Security Coordinator; conducting multiple security assessments, preparing and implementing major high threat/profile trial operational plans, developing policies and procedures, and as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) managing the districts Court Security Officer (CSO) guard force. Steve further served a 20-year commitment as the district's Threat Analysis Coordinator and Lead Threat Investigator; successfully investigating over 300 inappropriate communications and threats against Federal Judges, U.S. Attorney's, and other Federal officials. He was the primary author of the 1999 State of Minnesota "Conference of Chief Judges Court Security Manual."
As USMS Operations Supervisor (5-year assignment) he managed the districts prisoner custody, control, detention, hospitalization and transportation programs. This included his assessing, developing and drafting related policies and procedures specific to optimal prisoner security management.
As USMS Enforcement and East Metro Fugitive Task Force Supervisor (2-year assignment) Steve managed the districts criminal investigations and warrants program. These duties and responsibilities included: budgeting, contracting, inter-agency liaison, case assignment/review, administrative oversight, and ensuring policy and procedural compliance. As a deputy Steve was the case agent on a USMS Top-15 Investigation and for 75+ arrests; during "Operation-Gunsmoke" (a 3-month fugitive strike team multi-agency operation in Broward County, Florida) his team executed 90+ arrests.
During his career Steve was also a domestic terrorism (anti-government extremists) instructor for the National Interagency Civil-Military Institute (NICI) in San Luis Obispo, California; a certified law enforcement instructor for the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board; and since 2005 has taught (most recently as a CJES independent contractor) Threat Management Strategies, Case Studies, and District Program Development for the USMS/JSD/OPI at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Steve also served 6-years with the United States Army Reserve, 79th Military Police (MP) Combat Support Company in Rochester, Minnesota; receiving an honorable discharge in 1990.