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Retired Salt Lake Police Chief Dinse taking adviser's job with FEMA

He'll work on federal agency's plans, policies

WASHINGTON — Retired Salt Lake City Police Chief Charles F. "Rick" Dinse will be the law enforcement adviser to Federal Emergency Management Agency head David Paulison, the agency announced Thursday.

In his new position, Dinse will be a voice inside FEMA for police officers and other law enforcement professionals as he works with the agency's plans and policies.

Congress created the position in the Post-Katrina Emergency Reform Act of 2006. Dinse will help oversee FEMA's growing interaction with law enforcement associations, fusion centers and terrorism task forces and will provide support to preparedness, protection, response and recovery programs, according to the FEMA announcement.

"Rick's more than 40 years of leadership in law enforcement and his background in disaster preparedness, critical incident management, community relations and media and community relations will benefit FEMA as we continue to rebuild the agency," Paulison said in a statement.

Dinse retired in 2006 from the Salt Lake City police force, where he managed a $43 million budget and 600 employees. He also served as chairman of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command, where he implemented the public safety plan for the 2002 Winter Games.

He also worked with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served as deputy chief of the department.