On July 31st, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia hosted a Business Community Engagement roundtable, facilitating conversation between CBP and trade partners.
The roundtable format, led by WTCGP President Linda Conlin and held at the offices of White and Williams LLP, provided an opportunity to discuss CBP’s impact to the economy and to hear directly from trade partners about pressing issues, current trends, and concerns to better facilitate legitimate trade that is vital to the health of both the local and national economies.
CBP has direct responsibility for enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness. By reducing costs for industry and enforcing trade laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently entered goods, CBP is working to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.
Mr. Kerlikowske brings four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He formerly served nine years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years.
Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for more than $6 billion in federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department.
He was elected twice to be President of the Major Cities Chiefs, which represents the largest city and county law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. He has received numerous awards and recognition for leadership, innovation, and community service. He served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Mr. Kerlikowske holds a B.A. and a M.A. in criminal justice from the University of South Florida.