A native of Seattle, Washington, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy working as a flight deck aircraft director and was later assigned to performing anti-terrorism duties throughout the Middle East. Michael deployed three times during the War on Terror, and responded to NYC on 9/11/2001. Michael left the military and began his career with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, ultimately transferring to the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) in 2012, where he has a background in patrol and community outreach.
During his time as a community outreach officer, Michael proposed and established the ACPD's Homeless Outreach Program, a regional, multi-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary outreach program. Michael led a multi-agency team, comprising of more than ten advocacy and assistance organizations, county and state agencies, and community stakeholders. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter by community organizations and law enforcement agencies seeking to improve their response to people experiencing homelessness.
In 2021, Michael accepted a position performing homeless outreach for the Arlington County Department of Human Services Forensic Jail Diversion Team. Michael earned his B.S. from George Mason University in Criminology, Law, and Society, and lives in Alexandria with his wife, a public-school teacher, and their 13-year-old daughter.
Michael can be contacted at MKeen@safe-night.com