David Essing

Senior Security Manager

David joined S.A.F.E. Management in September 2019 after retiring from an extensive law enforcement career to manage operations of the new 24/7 security operation.  Previously David had worked with S.A.F.E. Management at Super Bowls LII in Minneapolis and LIII in Atlanta, leading 24/7 and gameday security operations.

David graduated from Radford University in 1990 and found his calling to serve the community by entering the Law Enforcement field.  David began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 as a Patrol Officer for the Prince George’s County Police Department. Over the next 22 years, David rose through the ranks serving in supervisory positions in various units to include Bureau of Patrol, COPS, and The National Harbor Unit which is a highly trafficked tourist destination.  As he rose to the rank of Lieutenant he was assigned to the Special Operations Division where he served as Commander for the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Canine Unit and ultimately as the Commander for the Special Services Section from 2014 until 2019.

In his role overseeing Special Services Section, David led a four-person team that developed, coordinated, and executed safety/security/counter-terrorism strategies and plans for large, public events and venues. He also was a liaison with the event sponsors as well as with federal, state, and local government agencies; venue owners; vendors and directly oversaw more than 40 major events each year in Prince Georges County. In his role as Stadium Commander at FedEx field, he worked with the Washington Redskins with the comprehensive planning for FedEx Field/Washington Redskins games and Concerts which required unique planning due to the volume of elected and senior government officials that attended on a regular basis. Furthermore, David has provided services for large, high-profile events at the Gaylord Convention Center at The National Harbor, including, The Marine Corps Marathon/Health & Fitness Expo and the Conservative Political Action Conference/CPAC.  During this time, David led Operation Plans and continuous improvement projects and programs, including scenario planning exercises and after-action reviews for every event.

David has continued his education throughout his career by gaining experience in Dignitary Protection from the US Secret Service as well as Conflict Negotiation School with the FBI.  David also has had extensive training in the Incident Command System.

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