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Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)

Chair: Michael Hughes, U.S. Marshal
District of Columbia Superior Court

The District of Columbia is a high profile urban center and is exposed to a variety of potential manmade and natural disasters. Consequently, every District agency is required to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to ensure they are capable of fulfilling their missions and serving the primary needs of DC residents and visitors to the city. COOP plans are essential to ensuring that vital criminal justice functions continue seamlessly during an emergency and thereafter.

To achieve a state of constant readiness to respond to potential emergencies, District of Columbia and federal criminal agencies collaborate to maintain an ongoing and viable interagency COOP Framework. The Framework outlines criminal justice agencies’ responsibilities, priorities, interdependencies, and collective methodologies that must be employed to address an array of emergency scenarios.

The COOP Workgroup is committed to supporting emergency preparedness and routinely coordinates its efforts with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to ensure that criminal justice agencies develop the capacity to routinely test, train, and activate COOP plans, and implement the Interagency COOP Framework.