Maryland, Virginia & DC: OL names Melvin Jones tri-administration coordinator

13 Jun

Melvin Jones, Operation Lifesaver coordinator for Maryland, Virginia, DC. Source: Operation Lifesaver

Melvin Jones, Operation Lifesaver coordinator for Maryland, Virginia, DC. Source: Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver (OL) has named Melvin Jones, who has been Virginia Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator since 2005, as the Coordinator of its education programme in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, with responsibility for coordinating Operation Lifesaver programs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

“Melvin’s leadership of Virginia Operation Lifesaver has resulted in expanded safety partnerships with the law enforcement, trucking, and transit communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said OL’s President and CEO Joyce Rose. “With recent incidents calling attention to the potentially catastrophic impact of crossing collisions, and the upcoming expansion of public transit options in the District of Columbia, Melvin will work with volunteers in DC, Maryland and Virginia to raise awareness of the importance of safety around tracks and trains.”

Melvin Jones was recognised for his work with Operation Lifesaver earlier this month by Virginia Governor McConnell at a luncheon honouring the state’s non-profit leaders. Before becoming State Coordinator with Virginia Operation Lifesaver, he spent 30 years as a law enforcement officer and executive level administrator with the City of Petersburg Bureau of Police and Virginia State University’s Department of Police & Public safety. He is an alumnus of Virginia State University and North Carolina State University, with degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration/Executive Development.

4 Responses to “Maryland, Virginia & DC: OL names Melvin Jones tri-administration coordinator”

  1. Andrew Fraser June 13, 2013 at 17:22 #

    While one wishes Mr Jones all the best, one wonders whether degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Admin and 30 years as a law enforcement officer really qualify one for the task. Where’s the psychology?

    • aidannelson June 14, 2013 at 09:59 #

      My experience of Operation Lifesaver is that they are making seriously good headway in updating how they target and deliver their public safety messages. Melvin is, I believe, well equipped to manage the relationships with and get the best from partnerships with Operation Lifesavers primary stakeholders.

      • Andrew Fraser June 14, 2013 at 13:31 #

        A predictable response. Nonethess, I hope the belief is well-founded. No doubt there arrangements for evaluation will already be in place.

    • aidannelson June 14, 2013 at 16:35 #

      Yes, I am predictable in terms of the value from the Operation Lifesaver model and the specific contribution of the programme in the USA where independent evaluation by Ian Savage of North-Western University has demonstrated the contribution. With funding tight as a result of FHWA allocating discretionary funding elsewhere and the rail industry picking up a bigger share of the costs associated with the national programme, having co-ordinators look after more than a single state is a good way ahead given the expectations of stakeholders and the funding available.

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