Commanding General, Texas State Guard & Deputy Director- Chief of Staff Texas Department of Public Safety
was appointed Department of Public Safety Chief of Staff and Assistant Director
of Texas Homeland Security, which included among a number of responsibilities
the Texas Division of Emergency Management, in August 2009.
2014, he was promoted to Deputy Director and maintained his Homeland Security
and Chief of Staff responsibilities and assumed additional responsibility for
the Service Divisions, including Regulatory Services Division, Driver License
Division, Administration Division, Education, Training and Research Division,
Finance Division, Information Technology Division, Cyber Security, Law
Enforcement Support Division, Media and Communications, Government Relations,
Equal Employment Office, Dispute Resolution Office, and the Executive
2018, Deputy Director Bodisch assumed the additional responsibility for the
department’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division.
coming to DPS, Bodisch was Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland
Security from November 2007 to August 2009.
started his 45-year law enforcement and criminal justice career in 1973. He
served as a deputy sheriff with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department (1973 –
1975), lieutenant investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s
Office from 1975 to 1984 and was chief investigator with the Texas Prosecutor
Council in 1985 and senior criminal investigator with the Texas Attorney General’s
Office from 1985 to 1989. He served as the Director, Governor’s Texas Narcotics
Control Program from 1996 to 2001. Bodisch served as the Director of Education
and Training for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and
Education from 2002 to 2005 and assistant director of the Office of Special
Investigations for the Texas Attorney General’s Office in 2006. He served two
tours of duty in Iraq (2005 & 2007) working for the Department of Justice,
International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).
Director Bodisch's first tour of duty in Iraq started on 21 January 2005 and he was
assigned as the manager of the Iraqi Police Executive Leadership Development
Team from January to April. From April
to June he served as the Plans and Projects Officer at the Civilian Police
Assistance Training Team (CPATT) Headquarters.
During this period (January - June) Director Bodisch also applied his
skills and talents instructing and supporting Coalition and Iraqi working
groups to detect, deter and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the
preferred method of insurgent attacks in Iraq.
In June Director Bodisch was assigned as the Senior Law Enforcement
Advisor to the then Ministry of Interior Police Partnership Program (MOI P3)
which evolved into the Ministry of Interior Transition Team (MOI-TT). As the Senior International Law Enforcement
Advisor, Director Bodisch directly advised Iraqi Ministry of Interior senior
officials responsible for national level police programs, capabilities and
sustainment. From July to December,
Director Bodisch developed and spearheaded an initiative to assess the ability
of the Ministry of Interior's ability to develop and sustain police, facility
protection forces, criminal investigators and intelligence agents, and border
forces. The assessment team consisted of
more than 25 coalition personnel working in 12 functional areas across the
Ministry, with an investment of approximately 8,000 man-hours. The results of this comprehensive assessment
were essential to determining the next focus areas in the Coalition's mission
to develop the Iraq security ministries.
Director Bodisch also instructed Coalition team members in tactical
convoy operations and conducted at least 40 tactical convoys between the
International Zone and the Ministry of Interior/Forward Operating Base Shield
and other locations within the “red zone” without incident.
For his service during 2005, Director Bodisch received the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal awarded by
Lieutenant General Martin E. Dempsey, Commanding General for MNSTCI.
Director Bodisch’s second tour in Iraq began on 24 January 2007 as the
Assistant Program Manager for the Department of Justice’s ICITAP-Iraq, Police
Program. Upon his arrival in Iraq he
assumed the position of Acting Program Manager and held that position until 24
April. Director Bodisch was responsible
for 191 DOJ/ ICITAP international police trainers assigned to the Civilian
Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT), deployed throughout Iraq at 15 Iraqi
police training centers and colleges.
Director Bodisch also held the position of Director of Training for
CPATT and was responsible for all international law enforcement instructors,
and law enforcement education and training for the Ministry of Interior police
forces, including the Iraqi Police Service, Border Forces, Facilities
Protection Service, Investigative and Intelligence forces and the Iraqi
National Police. CPATT was a subordinate
command under the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTCI)
and was commanded by Lt. General James Dubik.
During 2007, over 15,000 Iraqi Police Service Basic Recruits were
trained at training centers throughout Iraq.
In addition, over 18,000 Iraqi National Police received Transition and
Basic Recruit training and 6,400 police personnel received specialized,
advanced and leadership training. During
this period of time Director Bodisch was responsible for moving all law
enforcement instruction from lecture-based to performance-based training and
instituted an Iraq-wide training inspections program and Inspector General Program.
For his service in 2007, Director Bodisch received the U. S. Army
Outstanding Civilian Service Medal awarded by Lieutenant General James M.
Dubik. In addition, the Dean of the
Baghdad Police College, Iraqi Major General Jassim Taher Chilab, awarded
Director Bodisch an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in International Police
Studies degree for his efforts and support in re-establishing the Baghdad
Police College as a center of excellence for Iraqi law enforcement education
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