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Security Officer

Washington, DC
November 24, 2018

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Matthew R. Donohue

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Highly skilled and technically trained Federal Officer and Special Investigator (Subject background investigator) with extensive experience in a wide variety of criminal justice, law enforcement and investigative settings. Possessing expertise in conflict management, interviewing witnesses/passengers/subjects, covert surveillance, reporting suspicious activities, resolving complaints and training staff to adhere to laws, regulations and procedures. Strong Knowledge in behavior analysis and investigations with an academic background in criminology and psychology.


CSRA-Falls Church, VA


Special Investigator in the Washington D.C. Metro Region tasked with:

Conducted nationwide background investigations on behalf of OPM.

Conducted and reported record searches and investigations.

Assisted in conducting background investigations, which provide comprehensive coverage of basic suitability, loyalty and security, for approximately fifty Government agencies having some of the nation’s most sensitive missions.

Obtained specific information needed by the employing agency to make enlightened selection and/or security clearance determinations

Obtained special coverage for such positions as attorneys, labor mediation officials, scientists employed by the Department of Energy, and U.S. Marshalls.

Conducted investigations initiated to resolve questions of employment eligibility developed by National Agency Checks and Inquiries or arising from employment applications.

Completed cases on a high priority schedule which involved in-depth interviews with key executives at all levels of government, private industry, academia and other professions.

Conducted comprehensive interviews with employers, associates, references and other knowledgeable individuals and reviewed appropriate records to obtain facts needed to establish the background, reputation, character, suitability or qualifications of the subject under investigation.

Responsible for determining the number and selection of witnesses and the approach and line of questioning for each.

Explored and located the most significant or promising leads, noted all pertinent facts and records and determined when to enlarge, extend, cancel, or discontinue investigations.

Prepared clearly worded requests for extensions of investigations containing relevant information.

Recorded and organized information obtained and prepared grammatically correct and factual reports according to established OPM format.

G4S-Washington, DC


Special Police Officer in Washington, D.C. tasked with:

●Performed security patrols of designated areas on foot or vehicle.

●Watched for irregular or unusual conditions that may have created security concerns or safety hazards.

●Sounded alarms or call police or fire department in case of fire or presence of safety hazards.

●Warned violators of rule infractions, such as loitering, smoking or carrying forbidden articles.

●Permitted authorized persons to enter property and monitor entrances and exits.

●Observed departing personnel to protect against theft of company property and ensure that authorized removal of property is conducted within appropriate client requirements.

●Investigated and prepared reports on accidents, incidents, and suspicious activities.

●Provided assistance to customers, employees and visitors in a courteous and professional manner.


BORDER PATROL AGENT – (T) 11/2016-01/2017

Key personnel in United States border regions tasked with:

Detected, prevented, and apprehended undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions.

Responded to electronic sensor alarms.

Interpreted and followed tracks, marks, and other physical evidence.

Used infrared scopes during night operations.

Responded to aircraft sighting and other anti-smuggling activities.

Performed farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, transportation checks.

Prevented trafficking of people, narcotics, and contraband through the borders.

Patrolled United States land and coastal boundaries.



Key personnel at Reagan National Airport tasked with:

Conducted covert investigations of passengers when special interest and designated sensitive flights are outbound.

Maintained knowledge of behavioral detection and governing law, regulations, policies, and procedures in order to independently perform behavioral detection duties.

Assessed and interviewed employees and multiple individuals simultaneously to obtain specific information and using defined methods to detect unusual behavior.

Used established factors to determine whether elevated suspicion exists that might indicate an individual is involved in harmful activities against transportation systems.

Referred individuals for additional screening through casual conversation, selectee screening, and/or Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) intervention.

Independently investigated the causes of behaviors and determined appropriate actions.

Collaborated closely with team members to assess individuals and to develop investigative plans.

Reviewed documents and records using research methods to correctly identify and analyze individuals who have been “selected” by various federal law enforcement agencies as an elevated risk to the safety of the transportation systems.

Key Accomplishments:

Performed “VIPR” operations (Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response Team) in conjunction with the Amtrak Police Department and Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) throughout various mass transportation centers in the Washington, DC Region.

Prepared incident reports and provided immediate responses to breaches of security and emergency situations, taking appropriate steps to prevent entry to secure areas.

Performed pre-board security screening.

Developed electronic database systems (MS Access), shift briefs, statement papers, investigative reports, narrative reports, and technical correspondence.

Offered suggestions to improve security processes and procedures on a routine basis leading to recent physical security checkpoint layout updates.


Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL B.S. Double Major in Criminology/

Criminal Justice and Psychology-12/2009; GPA: 3.1


Strong Criminal and Background Investigative skills.

Excellent interviewing and communication abilities.

Exceptional planning/organizational skills and leadership.

Strong ability and experience in interpreting law, rules and regulations.

Excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Great adaptability and flexibility with a strong attention to detail.

Advanced computer skills to include MS Office Suite.

Secret Security clearance

Certifications and Service

Certified and Licensed/Credentialed Background Investigator and Special Police Officer

Acting Director of the Office of Employee Programs and Workforce Engagement

Community Service Chair of the American Criminal Justice Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon)

CPR, AED, and Advanced First-Aid Certified

Passenger Support Specialist (PSS)

Tallahassee Police Department Citizen Observer

References Available Upon Request.

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