Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement
The Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement (CDPE) brings together policy experts, advocates and scholars dedicated to scientific research and best practices for stopping the proliferation of drugs and violence in our communities. The center focuses on applied research initiatives to reduce drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, drug-related violence, and gang activity, and pursues strategies to advance a public-health approach to resolving the core problem of addiction.
Funded entirely through external grants, the CDPE focuses its efforts on Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia, and includes the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. The HIDTA Program—which is strongly aligned with the mission of the College of Public Affairs—is a federal grant program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy that provides resources to assist federal, state, local and tribal agencies in coordinating activities that address drug trafficking in specifically designated areas of the United States.
The goals of the CDPE are to:
- improve efforts to combat drug trafficking and drug abuse
- develop innovative approaches to reduce violent crime
- conduct research on drug and money laundering organizations and gangs
- provide strategic, operational and tactical criminal intelligence to our clients
- enhance the college’s academic environment through educational and research opportunities
- develop new and expand upon existing collaborative relationships with other departments and colleges within the University
- seek additional grants and other external funding to support its goals.
As part of the College of Public Affairs, the CDPE brings both paid and unpaid undergraduate and graduate internships to the college’s students. Internships with the center frequently result in full-time employment, with the CDPE or one of its participating agencies.
Tom Carr's Bio
Thomas H. Carr is the Executive Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, a position he has held since 1994. He also serves as Executive Director of the University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement.
Mr. Carr has designed and implemented more than 150 drug task forces, 18 drug treatment/criminal justice task forces and five drug prevention task forces during the last 23 years. He currently administers 42 drug task forces and a regional intelligence center that supports more than 150 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland, Washington, D.C, Virginia, and West Virginia.
As chairperson of the Performance Management Process Committee, Mr. Carr established metrics to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of drug control efforts in the fields of drug law enforcement, criminal intelligence, treatment and prevention for the HIDTA Program. HIDTA’s Performance Management System electronically collects outcome performance data from 28 HIDTAs and shares this information with Congress on an annual basis. He was awarded the ONDCP Director’s Award for his work in performance management.
In response to the nation’s opioid epidemic, Mr. Carr is working with nine other HIDTAs and the Office of National Drug Control Policy on the Opioid Response Strategy (ORS). This strategy resulted in the creation of a public health-public safety partnership supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the hiring of 24 drug intelligence officers and 24 public health analysts. The ORS has led to the interdisciplinary sharing of opioid data between law enforcement and public health agencies.
Mr. Carr spearheaded the development of the ODMAP, a real-time overdose syndromic surveillance system used to identify spikes in fatal and non-fatal overdoses. In July 2017, Mr. Carr and the ODMAP development team received the Special Achievement in GIS award from Esri Corporation.
Mr. Carr is the lead designer for HIDTA’s Case Explorer system. Case Explorer is not only a case management system, but is also an event and target deconfliction system in use nationwide by law enforcement agencies at all levels of government.
In addition, Mr. Carr was an antiterrorism instructor for the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program. He is the principle author of seven terrorism courses dealing with terrorist financing, intermediate and advanced intelligence, task force management, and criminal investigation that are now delivered worldwide.
Prior to accepting his position with the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA, Mr. Carr was a Lt. Colonel with the Maryland State Police and retired as chief of the Bureau of Drug Enforcement. He graduated from Towson University and was first in his class at the Maryland State Police Academy, class of 1971. He attended the FBI National Academy, the DEA Drug Commanders School and the Federal Executive Institute. He served as an adjunct instructor with the University of Maryland from 1993 to 1999.
deputy director/chief of staff
Jeff Beeson's Bio
Jeff Beeson serves as the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement (CDPE), housed within the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore (UB). His responsibilities include oversight of the center and the various projects managed by the College with a focus on reducing the proliferation of drugs and violence in our communities. He oversees grant acquisition, budget development and monitoring, and project performance managing relationships with a network that includes federal, state, and local government agencies as well as non-profit organizations.
He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (W/B HIDTA) program where he oversees administration of the HIDTA program including the budget, Annual Report, Threat Assessment and Strategy, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), as well as the treatment, prevention, and training initiatives.
Prior to joining UB, Jeff served as Assistant Vice President for Applied Research at Towson University, overseeing a portfolio of state and federal grants and contracts supporting workforce and public safety initiatives. Jeff, appointed to several positions within Maryland state government including the Maryland Department of Public Safety, began his career as a senate staffer for US Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland. Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, with a focus in criminal justice.