John P. Durkin is the Regional Director Region 2 within Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) where he leads the effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. Region II covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to this position, he was the Chief of Protective Security for Region II and a Protective Security Advisor assigned to New York City.
Before joining CISA, Mr. Durkin served as the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge of the Newark Field Office of the Federal Air Marshal Service for six years and was named SAIC of the year in 2015. Mr. Durkin is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He retired as a Deputy Inspector, where he commanded the Aviation Unit. The majority of his career was spent in the Special Operations Division, primarily the Emergency Service Unit where he has served as a Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He has also served as the Commanding Officer of the Apprehension Tactical Team, the unit tasked with the execution of high risk search warrants within New York City as well as the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Service Unit’s Counter Sniper Team. During the 2004 Republican National Convention, he served as the tactical commander for all of NYPD’s Special Operations Assets. During the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, he was assigned as a sector commander and search team leader for nine months. He has also served as a Task Force Leader for New York Task Force 1 of the FEMA Urban Search Program and was assigned as the Task Force Leader for the team’s deployment to Hurricane Rita in 2005. Other assignments include Commanding Officer of the Intelligence Division’s Protective Intelligence Unit and Threat Assessment Unit.
Mr. Durkin holds a BS in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, a Certificate in Police Management from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and an MS in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University. He is a contributing author to Leadership in Dangerous Situations, a textbook used by cadets at the United States Military Academy and “Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link: Resilience of the Healthcare Supply Chain in New York”, published in Homeland Security Today outlining the findings of the NYC Healthcare Regional Resiliency Assessment Project.
Mr. Durkin is also a retired U.S. Army Reserve Intelligence Officer. He originally enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a scout sniper, recruiter, Platoon Sergeant, and career planner. After being commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve, he served as a Maintenance Officer, Transportation Officer, and an Intelligence Officer. As an intelligence officer, he served at the tactical, Combatant Command, and strategic levels. Mobilized in 2003, he deployed to Iraq and served as the lead military investigator on the Joint U.S. Government team assigned to investigate the looting of the Iraqi National Museum. In 2005, he was mobilized and assigned as the Defense Intelligence Agency representative to the FBI New York Joint Terrorist Task Force. Mobilized again in 2006, he formed and commanded the Defense Intelligence Agency’s worldwide Interrogation Detachment.