2 State Police workers receive safety awards _lowres

Photo provided by Louisiana State Police -- Louisiana State Police Capt. McNeal, left, and Cyber Crime Analyst Devin King are honored during the National Fusion Center Association’s annual training event held on Nov. 3-5 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Two Louisiana State Police Fusion Center members recently were honored for their outstanding efforts in the field of public safety.

State Police Capt. Chuck McNeal, director of the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange, was recognized as the National Fusion Center Director of the Year. Louisiana Cyber Crime Analyst Devin King was named as the National Cyber Analyst of the Year.

The awards were presented at the National Fusion Center Association’s annual training event Nov. 3-5 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange promotes collaboration in an all-crimes/all-hazards environment supporting federal, state, local and private sectors to provide timely information for use in promoting public safety and national security against terrorist and other criminal threats, a news release said. During major disasters and emergencies, LA-SAFE works to collect and analyze information providing responsible parties with background findings for decision-making processes.

As director of LA-SAFE since 2008, McNeal is credited with the growth and expansion of the fusion center’s all-crimes/all-hazards mission. Throughout several recent natural and man-made disasters, McNeal was able to showcase how intelligence gathering can support the emergency management mission, the release said.

King, a statewide project officer for the Louisiana Division of Administration’s Information Security Team, has been a cyber analyst assigned to LA-SAFE for the past six years. During the National Fusion Center Association’s conference, King was recognized by his peers for his work and excellence in the field of cyber protection.

“The dedication and commitment of both Capt. McNeal and Mr. King has undoubtedly been instrumental in the continued safety and security of our state and critical infrastructure,” said State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. “We are extremely proud of their continued efforts and successes in public safety and threat management.”