Kathleen Harasek

Kathy Harasek headshot
Chief of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad; Independent Contractor, Federal Govt.; Adjunct professor, GW’s Homeland Security Program
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Areas of Expertise

  • Law Enforcement
  • Operational Leadership
  • Emergency Incident Management
  • Emergency Medical Services Operations
  • Interagency Cooperation

Kathleen Harasek has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and retired as a Captain with the U.S. Park Police in Washington, D.C., where she was the Commander of the Patrol District responsible for the physical security and law enforcement services for the Monuments, Memorials and National Mall. 

Kathleen has been involved in the planning and implementation of several significant large-scale events to include Presidential Inaugurations, special events and demonstrations. 

Kathleen is currently the Chief of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, which is responsible for over 8,000 EMS and Rescue calls within the 911 system in Loudoun County, VA and works as an Independent Contractor with the Federal Government.

In addition to serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at GW, she is an EMS Instructor with the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System and is Chair of Loudoun County’s Emergency Medical Services Operations Committee.


  • M.P.S. in Safety and Security Leadership, The George Washington University
  • FBI National Academy - Session 233
  • M.Ed. in Human Development, University of Maryland

Classes Taught

  • PSHS 4181: Incident Management