Joel S. Downing

201 Marin Blvd. Unit 1021, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Mobile (917) 882-0130 • E-mail:


Experienced and self-motivated professional with an expertise in security operations management, for both events, games, delegations, and escorts, as well as excellent communication and leadership acumen seeking a Chief Security Office position to contribute to the sustainment of superior security levels within the organization at all times



Relationship-Builder | Team-Player | Stress-Resistant | Self-Motivated | Analytically Minded | Problem-Solver | Achiever

Detail-Oriented | Result-Oriented | Exemplary Work Ethics | Ambitious & Goal Driven



National Basketball Association League | New York, New York

Director, Security Department 2007 – Present

  • Hold primary accountability for security, integrity, and protection of the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League facilities, events, and employees; effective work in conjunction with the State Department to properly cordite the security for the U.S.A. Men’s Basketball Team during the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Spearhead the security operations for the NBA Development league, including implementation of “best practices” within 17 teams and arena zone, masterfully integrate the best practices for the 11 entrusted NBA teams
  • Develop and implement player training programs with 17 D-League, while handling profound investigation and analyses for the teams; perform in-depth background checks on owners, prospective players, and officials
  • Create and manage domestic and International Security Plans for all Leagues; plan and organize detailed security briefings
  • Manage the security budget for the NBA Development league, as well as create and resourceful enforce compliance with new and enhanced policies and procedures, thus boosting efficiency
  • Recruit and continuously educate security representatives to build a highly determined, motivated, and professional staff team
  • Conduct arenas’ security audits and site visits to ensure top-notch security levels and timely fix the identified inconsistencies
  • Provide comprehensive assistance with the Drug Testing Program assistance; serve as a liaison with local, state, federal and International law enforcement agencies, advocating leagues’ bets interests
  • Direct and coordinate security efforts during special events, NBA, WNBA and Development League All-Star games, international games and basketball camps, NBA Draft, Play-off games, and other league events
  • Collaborate effectively with the DHS to consistently expand and strengthen the “If You See Something, Say Something” across all NBA arenas through resourceful deployment of innovative electronic media resources


New York State Police |New York, New York

New York Jets NFL Team Security Escort Detail 1995 – 2007

  • Served as a liaison between the New York State Police and the New York Jets Football, LLC, while masterfully coordinating travel arrangements for the team, ensuring adherence to established budgets, costs, and security requirements
  • Ensured the provision of the safety escort for the team through the administration of appropriate airport policy and procedures
  • Coordinated Public Service Announcements with the NY Jets
  • Served on the Dignitary Protections Unit, ensuring safety for the Governor George Pataki (New York), Governor John Ryan (Illinois), Governor Kenny Guinn (Nevada), Governor Kedding (Oklahoma), Cardinal Szoka (Vatican City), Senator Gordon Smith (Oregon), and Senator Michael Barboni (New York)


New York State Police | New York, New York

Senior Investigator, Queens District Attorney’s Office Rackets/Organized Crime Bureau 2004 – 2007

  • Conducted and supervised Criminal Investigations for the Queens County District Attorney’s office
  • Conducted performance evaluations on Investigators
  • Supervised and managed criminal investigations on all jurisdictional levels: local, state, and federal



New York State Police • New York, NY • 1991 – 2004

Investigator, Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorist Task Force/Cargo

Theft Task Force at John F. Kennedy and Fiorello LaGuardia Airports

New York State Commission of Investigation | Queens District Attorney’s Office Rackets/Organized Crime Bureau

Major Case Squad | Violent Predator Task Force (VPTF)/New York City Police Department

New York State Police Academy Counselor/First Responder Instructor

Trooper • New York State Police • Albany, NY • 1987 – 1991

Fire Fighter/EMT • Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department • Hempstead, NY • 1983 – 1989



Certification in Sports Security Management • University of Southern Mississippi • Hattiesburg, Mississippi •2009

Master of Public Administration • Marist College • Poughkeepsie, New York • 1998 – 2001

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Concentration: Criminal Psychology • Hofstra University • Hempstead, New York • 1982 – 1986



Port Authority Police of NY & NJ James G. Hellmuth Unit Citation

Numerous New York State Police Superintendent Accommodations



CSO member

InfraGard member

ASIS International member

Security Management Member

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE)

The National Association of Black Sports Professionals, Inc. (NABSP)

National Advisory Board Member, Southern Mississippi National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4)



FBI Top Secret Clearance