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Dr. Gregory Vecchi [FBI ret.]

Dr. Gregory M. Vecchi, is a retired United States Military US Army CID Agent/E-6 and FBI Supervisory Special Agent.

 

FORMAL EDUCATION

 

2006                Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Conflict Analysis & Resolution

Nova Southeastern University

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Conflict Analysis & Resolution

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Degree Conferral Date: August 31, 2006

GPA: 4.0

Dissertation: Assessing Organizational Group Conflict in Law Enforcement Hostage/Barricade Management

 

1999                Master of Science (M.S.), Criminal Justice

 

The University of Alabama School of Arts & Sciences Department of Criminal Justice Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Degree Conferral Date: December 19, 1999

GPA: 4.0

Thesis: Is it all about money? The orientation toward the use of assets forfeiture by drug enforcement officers: An examination of the application of federal policy

 

1989-1991       Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Management/Human Resources

 

Park College Parkville, Missouri

Degree Conferral Date: September 28, 1991

GPA: 3.94

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT/EXPERIENCE

 

2016 – Present            Missouri Western State University

Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Social Work St. Joseph, Missouri

Assistant Professor

Develop and teach classroom and online undergraduate and graduate courses in law enforcement, security, and forensics.

Conduct scholarly research on a myriad of criminal justice topics. Provide consultation and community service to academia, criminal justice, and national security agencies, and the media.

 

2011 – 2016                Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

Course Developer/Adjunct Faculty

Developed and taught online graduate courses in crisis leadership and emergency management.

 

2011 – 2014                Cornell University

Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management Ithaca, New York Course Developer/Adjunct Faculty

Developed and taught crisis leadership and negotiation seminars for the Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) to top business executives in Ithaca and New York City, New York; and Beijing and Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.

 

2007 – 2014                Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Course Developer/Adjunct Faculty

Developed and taught online undergraduate-level academic courses in Criminal Justice; Human Behavior Perspectives, Crisis and Conflict Resolution, Theories of Crime and Criminal Behavior, Criminal Investigations, Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and White Collar Crime.

 

2006-Present              Nova Southeastern University

Fort    Lauderdale, Florida

Course Developer/Adjunct Faculty

Develop and teach online master’s level academic courses in Crisis Intervention and Negotiation, Investigative Processes, Conflict and Crisis Negotiation, Conflict and Crisis Management: Theory and Practice, Critical Incidents Response, Behavioral Criminology, Executive Leadership, and Terrorism for criminal justice, homeland security, mental health, and conflict resolution students and professionals.

 

2002-2004                   University of Phoenix

Online Campus Adjunct Faculty

Developed and taught online undergraduate academic courses in Criminal Justice Administration, to include: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Policing, Organized Crime, Criminology, and Research methods.

 

2006 – 2011                University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Course Developer/Adjunct Faculty

Developed and instructed residential undergraduate- and graduate-level academic training courses in conflict resolution and crisis management/communication and research methods for FBI National Academy students and United States Government personnel at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, as part of FBI employment.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYMENT/EXPERIENCE

 

1996-2014       Federal Bureau of Investigation

(September 29, 1996 – February 4, 2014)

 

Special Agent, Rapid City Resident Agency

Rapid City, South Dakota (October 2011 – February 2014)

 

Conducted field hostage negotiations. Investigated Indian Country violent crimes (murders, rapes, and child sexual assaults), drug, gang, and organized crime matters. Used advanced behavioral techniques in determining cause and manner of death in homicide and suicide investigations. Analyzed violent crime scenes and victimology to determine identity and intent of perpetrator, in order to enhance interviews and interrogations for the purpose of obtaining admissions and confessions.

 

Consulted with security personnel at the Buffalo Chip campground, which hosts over 100,000 visitors during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally each August. This consultation included developing behavioral baselines for patrons in order to identify anomalies as flags to prevent potential violent crime before it occurred. Also used this same behavioral baseline/anomaly methodology in teaching police officers and teachers how to identify and prevent school active shooters.

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

 

Unit Chief-Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Science Unit

FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia (August 2008 – October 2011)

 

Led a unit of 20 personnel in seven Behavioral-Based Specialty Areas (BBSAs) that included Aberrant Behavior, Communication Exploitation, Cyber Adversaries, Death Investigations, Futures, Gangs, Intelligence and Counter-Espionage, Global Hostage-Taking, Interpersonal Violence, Terrorism, Wellness and Vitality, and Youth Violence; managed national and international training, research, and consultation programs in support of the BBSAs and increased the BSU operating budget from $50,000 to $800,000 in less than three years.

 

Oversaw and conducted case consultations involving kidnapping and other violent crimes, in order to develop investigative leads and identify perpetrators.

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI) and Intelligence Community Access Badge. Oversaw and conducted research and consultation on national security matters for the Intelligence Community. Supervised the operation of a Special Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

 

Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Science Unit

FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia (January 2006 – August 2008)

 

Developed and provided relevant programs of training, research, and consultation in the behavioral and social sciences designed to improve the operational effectiveness of law enforcement organizations.

Topics of specialty included conflict resolution, conflict and crisis management/communication, and global hostage-taking. Analyzed and assessed criminal behavior in dozens of criminal cases involving atypical homicides and rapes, as well as hostage- taking and kidnapping.  Focused on understanding criminal behavior through research involving the interviewing of incarcerated offenders.  Also developed and implemented new bodies of knowledge designed to improve the management and operational effectiveness of law enforcement organizations in the areas of negotiation and de-escalation strategies and tactics. Served as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor responsible for the counseling of FBI employees who experience personal problems, trauma and critical incidents, as well as critical incident stress management and debriefings, via the FBI Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

 

Supervisory Special Agent, Crisis Negotiation Unit Critical Incident Response Group, Quantico, Virginia (December 2004 – January 2006)

Coordinated and managed responses and deployed to domestic and international hostage, barricade, and kidnapping situations; provided operational consultation to local, state, federal, and foreign agencies; trained local, state, federal, and foreign agencies in crisis negotiation management and techniques; conducted research on international kidnappings; and managed field negotiation assets. Served as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor (October 2004 – January 2006) responsible for counseling FBI employees who

experienced personal problems, trauma, and critical incidents; and served as the divisional EAP Coordinator (July 2005 – January 2006) prior to transferring to the FBI Academy.

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

 

Supervisory Special Agent, Rapid Deployment Logistics Unit Critical Incident Response Group, Quantico, Virginia (September 2003 – December 2004)

Deployed with and supervised FBI Rapid Deployment Teams (RDTs) in response to acts of terrorism and other critical incidents, coordinated FBI rotations to Iraq, and crafted RDT training programs. Served as a supervisor in FBI Baghdad Operations Center (BOC), Baghdad, Iraq (January – April 2004), in support of the FBI counterterrorism mission, which included responding to and recovering human remains and evidence from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), interviewing enemy combatants and developing sources of information, support to the exploitation of Saddam Hussein, document exploitation, liaison with the U.S. military, contractors, and international partners, and building of the new BOC in the Green Zone.

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

 

Special Agent

Miami, Florida

(March 1997 – September 2003)

 

Investigated violations of Federal laws to include terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, and organized crime. Used complex investigative techniques to include wiretaps, pen registers, domestic and international undercover operations, and tracking devices.

 

Investigated international terrorism investigations to include the aftermath of the 9/11terrorist attacks, specifically those hijackers who took flight training in Florida.

 

Specialized in Russian/Eurasian/Israeli organized crime and international drug trafficking. Was a field crisis (hostage) negotiator from January 1998 – September 2003.

 

Held Top Secret Security Clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

 

1993-1996       U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the Inspector General

McAllen, Texas

 

Special Agent

Investigated U.S. Department of Justice employees, who violated Federal bribery and corruption statutes. Specialized in drug trafficking, bribery, Immigration document vending, and smuggling investigations involving corrupt U.S. Immigration employees and Border Patrol agents.

 

Served as a technical agent responsible for installing covert audio/video devices in Immigration offices on the U.S.-Mexico Border in order to secretly conduct video- and audio-tape recordings of corrupt Immigration Inspectors taking bribes from illegal aliens. This activity required covertly entering the building at night by neutralizing locks and security systems in order to secretly install the devices. This required an extensive analysis of premise construction and security systems, as well as human activity analyses in order to plan and execute the operations successfully. Dr. Vecchi also covertly entered Border Patrol checkpoints to install vehicle-tracking devices on government vehicles to assist in collecting evidence against Border Patrol Agents who were allowing illegal drugs into the U.S., via the checkpoints. This required extensive behavioral analysis in order to identify patterns of behavior so the installation of the trackers would go undetected.

 

1992-1993       U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Special Agent

Investigated violations of Federal law relating to food stamp trafficking. Specialized in undercover operations targeting businesses that trafficked in food stamps and individuals who used food stamps to traffic in illicit drugs.

 

1989-1992       U.S. Army – Criminal Investigation Command (CID)

El Paso, Texas

 

Special Agent

Investigated violations of Federal law relating to military personnel. Specialized in crimes against persons, white-collar crime, and drug suppression. Conducted in-depth crime scene investigation and analysis that included bullet path trajectory and fingerprint recovery and identification.

 

Conducted dozens of Crime Prevention Surveys for area commanders to identify, reduce, eliminate, or neutralize conditions favorable to criminal activity and to reduce the opportunity and desire for engaging in criminal acts. This included analyzing the function and mission of the premises, relevant policies and procedures, local crime trends, and deficiencies related to assigned personnel. In addition, premise construction and security measures were inspected, as well as an analysis of behavioral practices or conditions that contributed, enabled, or encouraged the commission of crimes.

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

Recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA May 2010

In recognition of research and publications in crisis communication and management in light of conflict theory which improved the practice of intervening in the critical incidents that criminal justice professionals, emergency personnel, and therapists must attend.

 

Certificate of Appreciation

Publications by DOJ Authors Justice Libraries Washington, District of Columbia

April 2010

 

In recognition of publications by U.S. Department of Justice authors.

 

Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners International

Springfield, Missouri February 2010

 

In recognition of contributions relating to service on several ACFEI boards and multiple publications.

 

Quality of Life Council

Faculty Community-Based Applied Research Grant Excellence in Research Scholarship Award

Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 2009

 

This nomination related to the success of obtaining a grant for the Comprehensive Analysis of Military Offenders (CAMO) BSU research project.

 

Nominated for 2008 Student Life Achievement Award For Graduate Organization of the Year

Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 2008

 

This nomination related to the success of the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences Student Association during its first academic year of operation.

 

Recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 2008

Received recognition from Nova Southeastern University for distinguished service to the community and Nova Southeastern University. Recognized for conflict resolution contributions to academia as well as to law enforcement.

 

Diplomate, American Board of Law Enforcement Experts American College Forensic Examiners International Springfield, Illinois

June 2007

 

Recipient of the Jim Elmore Scholarship Award

Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida August 2002

 

Monetary award for chairing a panel discussion entitled: “9/11 A Year Later,” which discussed the merits of using the concepts and principles of crisis negotiation at the international level.

 

President’s Faculty Scholarship Award 2002-2003 For Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida

May 2002

 

This competitive award provides funding for a research proposal that involves the classification of hostage-takers who are currently incarcerated.

 

Nominated for 2002 Student Life Achievement Award for Graduate Organization of the Year

Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 2002

 

This nomination related to the success of the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences Student Association during its first academic year of operation.

 

Recipient of the Jim Elmore Scholarship Award Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida April 2000

 

Monetary award for presenting an academic research paper entitled “Economic Factors in Drug Law Enforcement Decisions” at the International Atlantic Economic Society conference in Munich, Germany.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, Life Member American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, Life Member American Legion, Life Member

Association for Conflict Resolution, 2001 – 2006

FBI Agents Association, Life Member

Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, 2001 – 2003

International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Assoc., 2011 – Present International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, 2001 – 2010

International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, 1993 – 2005

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, 2014 – Present

 

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