Navigating the COVID-19 Health Crisis—Information, Leadership, and Support

This important panel discussion, created as the first in the Destination Zero Year-End Fatality Report and Program Series, a series of programs to supplement the January 11, 2021 release of the 2020 Officer Fatality Report, will focus on the need for early and accurate information, visible leadership and clear communication, and departmental support during COVID-19 and other public health crises.

The one-on-one discussion will provide insight from law enforcement leaders working to solve their agencies most difficult task, surviving COVID.


Congressman John Katko, New York, 24th District


Marcia Ferranto, Chief Executive Officer, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Alex Eastman, Senior Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Deputy Commissioner John Miller, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, New York Police Department

About the Featured Guests:

Congressman John Katko

Congressman John M. Katko was first elected to represent the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2014.  In Congress, he serves on the House Homeland Security Committee as Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation subcommittee.  He also serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.  Rep. Katko has been a public servant long before he began his congressional career. He graduated with honors from both Niagara University and Syracuse University College of Law, embarking on successful legal career with both private practices and the Federal Government. He served first as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and then commenced to his twenty-year career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  As a federal prosecutor, Rep. Katko served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and with the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Narcotics & Dangerous Drug Section. He also served as a Senior Trial Attorney on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Rep. Katko eventually returned to his hometown of Camillus, NY, and for over 15 years, he served as a federal organized crime prosecutor in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York. He led high-level narcotics federal prosecutions, concurrently holding the positions of Narcotics Chief, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Coordinator, Binghamton Office Supervisor, Team Leader, and Grand Jury Coordinator. He notably served as Supervisor of the Narcotics Section, formulating the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force, and successfully prosecuting the first-ever RICO gang case in the City of Syracuse, which led to a significant drop in the City’s violent crime rate.

Rep. Katko has been honored with the top prosecutor award by three separate Attorneys General for his work on the Gang Violence Task Force and international drug-trafficking investigations. He has lectured at Syracuse University College of Law and Cornell Law School and has led attorney trainings for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide in Moscow, Croatia, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, and El Salvador. In 2011, Rep. Katko was selected to be the sole U.S. advisor on a highly sensitive prosecution in Albania. He retired from the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2013 to run for Congress.

Dr. Alex Eastman

Dr. Eastman is the Senior Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). In this role, he is responsible for operational medicine across DHS in addition to countering threats to the United States worldwide. Dr. Eastman is a Task Force Officer with ICE Homeland Security Investigations and is assigned to the Special Response Team (SRT) program. Dr. Eastman is also a Dallas Police Department lieutenant, the Chief Medical Officer of the Dallas Police Department, and the Lead Medical Officer for the Dallas Police SWAT Team. He is actively involved in national planning for law enforcement medical support through the Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group, the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the Hartford Consensus Working Group and serves as the Medical Advisor for the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Formerly, Dr. Eastman served as the Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. He was also an Assistant Professor and trauma surgeon in the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and continues to be a practicing trauma surgeon.

Dr. Eastman was recently awarded the Dallas Police Department Medal of Valor for actions taken during the July 7, 2016 police ambush and has been previously honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni (2014) from The University of Texas at Austin, the Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year (2013) and Officer of the Year (2014) from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Police Association.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller

As the Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism, John Miller oversees activities to both prevent and plan for a swift and efficient response in the event of a future terror attack in New York City. These activities include investigations into potential terrorist activity, the collection of detailed intelligence, and the development of complex and effective strategies, prior to a potential terrorist attack. As part of the mandate, the bureau identifies and acquires technology used to enable detection and response in the event of a catastrophe. The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.

Deputy Commissioner Miller assumed his office in January 2014, and formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He has also served as an Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the FBI, where he acted as the Bureau’s national spokesperson. Before joining the FBI, he was the Commanding Officer, Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Prior to the LAPD, he served as the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner, Public Information. Before a career in Law Enforcement, Miller was a reporter and author – best known for his May 1998 ABC News interview with Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

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