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Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES)
301-975-2756 or 2757 Telephone
301-948-0978 Facsimile
100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8102
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8102

William Billotte
Program Manager

Timothy Brennan
Justice and Defense Program Manager

Jennifer Marshall
Homeland Security Program Manager

Darby Damuth
Program Analyst


National Security Standards Program


Our vision is to be the foremost source of standards related expertise and technical support on counterterrorism and response technologies, equipment and practices for the public safety community.


NIST Projects 

OLES is partnering with the Materials Measurement Laboratory and the Emergency Services Division to validate traceable test materials and identify procedures to optimize trace explosive and narcotic detectors. This crosscutting project brings together expertise from NIST's technical and operational elements to help the broader law enforcement and Federal community have greater confidence and capability to detect and interdict explosives and narcotics.  


We help NIST scientists and engineers maintain awareness in the counterterrorism and physical security areas. Previous training courses have included:

  • Comprehensive Overview of Police Skills (COPS)
  • Mass Transit Security 
  • Clandestine CBRNE Manufacturing Seminar 
  • IED Awareness Training