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With specialized backgrounds and experiences, combined with a unique skill set of expertise through military, police department, fire department and security services, Croker instructors deliver a broad perspective to the classroom, providing students with the knowledge and training needed to succeed as Security Guards.

All Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute instructors are certified accordingly by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).



Richard Blasi is an experienced conductor of fire drills, having effectively trained numerous highly functional fire safety teams throughout New York City since 2014. Blasi served the NYPD from 1998 until 2003 when he became a member of the FDNY. Among his duties as Battalion Chief, he has supervised and coordinated tactical methodology in resolving emergency situations, coordinated fire prevention inspections, and directed the work of 150 firefighters engaged in extinguishing fires.

Blasi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta.



Dan Bowe brings a broad range of experience to Croker. Bowe served with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he was the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Section Leader. Subsequently, his tenure in the security industry spanned more than two decades. Bowe has provided security services for many academic institutions including, Stony Brook University, NYU, Quinnipiac University and currently, St. Joseph’s College. He has also facilitated security at numerous events including the New York City Marathon, U.S. Navy Fleet Week and the Super Bowl as well as at venues such as the Jacob K. Javits Center, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Bowe’s training, certifications and experience include, but are not limited to, FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Joint Special Operations Command and USMC Special Operations (Training) Group, Marine Corps Security Force School, The Executive Protection Institute, International Training Incorporated/Armor Group: Anti-Kidnapping and Counter Surveillance, International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms (ATF) and the United States Department of Defense (DOD).

Bowe is belted in Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo and Karate and has been published, contributed to and/or quoted in numerous security, fire and life safety related presentations and publications. He currently serves as the Education Chairperson of the Long Island chapter of ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).


William Brooks is a retired NYPD Captain with extensive hands-on experience in security management and operations. While serving with the NYPD, Brooks was responsible for the development and implementation of the Incident Management Training Curriculum for the department. He is an experienced instructor of New York State security guard training courses who has had additional training in Counterterrorism and Dignitary Protection.

William Brooks served as a Vice President for the 2011 World Police and Fire Games held in New York City where he oversaw all aspects of security and acted as a liaison to all law enforcement agencies that covered sporting events held outside of New York City. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications from Hunter College and a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice/Management Theory from Long Island University.


Ronald Campisi is an accomplished member of Croker’s Security Instructor Team. Campisi brings more than two decades of experience as a NYPD Police Office and Investigator, and has taught law at the NYPD Police Academy. A security professional since 1990, his duties have included supervising and training security guards, conducting fraud investigations as well as physical security services at financial institutions in Manhattan and on Long Island. Campisi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, completed the American Bar Association (ABA) Lawyer’s Assistant Program at Adelphi University and has been teaching New York State Security Guard training courses in excess of five years.



Jim Carroll provides the Croker team with a diverse and extensive background, having over two decades of experience as both an interior structural firefighter and as a NYPD Sergeant/Commanding Officer.

Jim Carroll is equipped with extensive knowledge of fire safety, law enforcement and security protocols. While with the NYPD, Carroll was a member of the elite Hostage Negotiation team. This team was comprised of nearly 100 detectives and supervisors recruited from over 38,000 NYPD police officers. Carroll also holds NIMS (National Incident Management System) 100-300 incident command certification as well as advanced training in Terrorism Awareness, Emergency Psychology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Materials Operations.


A former Corrections Captain, Portia Cox is a skilled member of the Croker team. During her tenure with the NYC Department of Corrections, she managed all aspects of corrections, promoted proper protocols, established and enforced departmental policies, ensured compliance and was in charge of tactical response, mediation, and conflict resolution. Her core areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Law Enforcement: Asset Protection, Criminology, Emergency Response, Employee Supervision, Incident Handling, Incident Response, Inspections, Legal Compliance, Problem Resolution
  • Public Administration: Economics, HR Management, Organization Theory & Management
  • Safety & Security: Emergency Management, Fire Safety, Physical Security, Protection Management, Public Safety, Risk Analysis, Security & Alarm Systems, Policing, Prisons, Tactical Responses, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Arrest Procedures & Investigations, Staff Scheduling, Operational Reports, CCTV Monitoring, Security Incident Management, Records & Reports

Portia Cox serves as an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and is currently pursuing Dual Masters degrees in Public Policy and Protection Management. Cox also holds an Advanced Certificate for Corrections Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).


Vincent Doherty is a skilled life safety professional offering 35+ years of operational and instructional experience in emergency management, hazmat, terrorism, incident command, fire safety and first responder communications.  Doherty has served as a Commander/Captain of special units and Battalion Chief in the HazMat Battalion, Special Operations Command, for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) over a 25-year career.  While with the FDNY, Doherty worked as a Fire Service and Interagency Board liaison with the Department of Defense (DOD).  Doherty executed Recovery Operations for Special Operations Command Personnel during 9/11 Rescue/Recovery at Ground Zero and has served as an advisor to FDNY Senior Staff Chiefs on Hazmat, Terrorism and Incident Command System (ICS) issues.

Doherty’s career has provided him opportunities as a successful consultant, SME (Subject Matter Expert) and facilitator for numerous programs and projects for DHS and FEMA.  He has worked in professional capacities with Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School, and professor of Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University.

Throughout his career, Doherty has demonstrated success in developing and delivering curriculum and training materials for various, national specialized courses.  He has also been selected to serve as subject matter expert, guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) advanced degree graduate courses at multiple prominent universities (ie: Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Naval Postgraduate School, etc.).  He has represented the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School on a national level to state, local, tribal and private sector political and career executives.  In addition, Doherty launched and instructed courses within the FDNY and the National Fire Academy (NFA) Hazmat Technician programs and Emergency Response to Terrorism.

Vincent Doherty received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Arts degree (Security Studies: Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School.


Bob Imbornoni is a security and life safety professional with over 35 years of experience responding to emergencies of all types. His diverse background includes, but is not limited to, threat and risk assessment, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, crisis response, emergency operations center management, business continuity as well as resiliency and regulatory compliance.  Robert Imbornoni has been a volunteer firefighter, NYC paramedic and previously served as the Chief Response Officer of the American Red Cross (ARC) in Greater New York, which is the busiest ARC chapter in the United States. Imbornoni was also a lieutenant and 20-year veteran of the NYPD, where among the roles he served was Emergency Management Liaison where he coordinated planning and response operations between the NYPD (51,000 employees) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In such capacity, he planned, coordinated and evaluated 20+ emergency response exercises per year, including large, interagency tests (many financed by the Office of Homeland Security) involving 1000+ personnel to test the city’s ability to respond to a terrorist incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Additionally, Bob has instructed many of these areas during his career and in the School of Business as an adjunct Instructor for Mercy College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, as well as numerous professional certificates.


Dan Lord is a trained security professional with more than three decades of experience in the security field. During his tenure, Lord has organized executive security details for high profile clients, coordinating efforts with Secret Service, FBI and local law enforcement.

Lord holds numerous certifications and has received advanced training in areas such as Counterterrorism Surveillance, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Awareness, and Hazardous Materials. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including, ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security), NYPD Shield and National Association of Chiefs of Police.



Dennis Meyers began his career with the FDNY in 1996 and has risen to the rank of Battalion Chief while completing many supplemental FDNY courses and certification programs (including but not limited to: Certified First Responder Emergency Medical Care, Certified Incident Fire Safety Officer, Nationally Certified Health and Safety Officer, etc.).  During his tenure with the FDNY, Meyers served as an Instructor for the FDNY Building Inspection Safety Program (BISP) where he taught FDNY Battalion Chiefs and FDNY Officers the BISP program and manual as well as how to research Fire and Building Codes.  Throughout his career, Meyers has received multiple FDNY citations for Outstanding Performance of Duties.

Prior to his tenure with the FDNY, Meyers served three years as a NYPD officer, where he received two awards for Excellent Police Duty.

Meyers holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Business Management from Molloy College.  Meyers is actively involved in his community as a youth lacrosse coach and is an alumni member of both the FDNY Football Team and FDNY Masters Lacrosse Team.


Michael D. Murphy is a certified and licensed NYS Protection Professional possessing 40+ years of expertise and experience. With more than 20 years as a certified and licensed Fire Safety Director (FSD), 25 years in supervisory or managerial positions and experience as a professional instructor and evaluator of protection staff and programs, Murphy has broad and extensive knowledge of the fire and life safety industry best practices and protocols. A retired NYS DOCCS (Department of Corrections and Community Supervision) Parole Officer, his expansive resume includes FSD positions with commercial office buildings, hotels and the Barclay Center in addition to various supervisory positions and armed security experience.

Michael Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Security Management with minors in Correctional Administration and Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History and Political Science from Syracuse University.  Murphy has also obtained many FDNY, FEMA and NYS professional licenses and certifications.


Mark Murray has over 10 years of experience with the Croker team in the capacity of conducting drills and training, as well as creating and amending building-specific life safety plans for fire emergencies and non-fire emergencies.

With more than two decades of service in the New York City Police Department (NYPD), attaining the rank of NYPD Detective (Second Grade), Mark Murray has an extensive resume of service which includes protection of several high-profile foreign dignitaries, as well as service at national political conventions. His background includes, but is not limited to, threat assessment training (United Nations Assembly), COBRA Training (Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, Radiological, Awareness) and NIMS Training (National Incident Management System).

Mark Murray is the recipient of several awards including, the 1990 NYPD Medal of Valor, which is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States. Murray has also received other NYPD awards for Excellent Police Duty (15-time recipient), Meritorious Police Duty (5-time recipient) and commendation. Mark Murray has served as a Fire Chief of his Township Fire Department and has received the Nassau County Fire Service Commission Bronze Medal of Valor. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.


As a fire, life safety and security professional, Andy Novembre has collected more than a decade of hands-on experience as a security officer, Fire and Life Safety Director, Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) security instructor, Fire Safety instructor, as well as a CPR instructor for the American Red Cross (ARC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).  Throughout his career, Novembre has served a variety of building types and occupancies including high-end hotels, Class A and B office buildings, Bergdorf Goodman, Sotheby’s, Weil Cornell Medical Center and New York State sponsored shelters.

Andy Novembre remains an active ASIS Member and holds numerous New York State (NYS) and Fire Department New York (FDNY) certifications.


Dan Powers is an accomplished, well-respected and decorated retired NYPD Detective (Second Grade) with more than twenty years of service. With the City of New York Police Department, Powers served on several high-profile cases. Before joining Croker, Powers was employed in the maritime industry and worked as a private investigator.

Powers attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill, New York City Police Academy and Cornell University (School of Labor Management).



Having served as Detective Lieutenant for the City of Yonkers (NY) Police Department, Joseph Recine provides Croker with more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, including 16 years as a supervisor.  Recine retired as the Executive Officer and Major Case Coordinator, Internal Affairs Division. In this capacity, Recine was responsible for the management and coordination of major case investigations of the Internal Affairs Division, providing direction and leadership to a squad of investigators for investigations of corruption, excessive force, harassment, and misconduct by members of the department. In addition to meeting regularly with various levels of oversight and review, such as the District Attorney’s Office, Recine would prepare quarterly Use of Force data and reports for the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ). In his prior experience as an Inspections Lieutenant, Recine designed corrective actions to address identified problems, practices, and deficient policies to protect the integrity of the Department and limit liability exposure. He worked directly with command staff in implementing recommended changes and improvements and performed audits of investigative operations and procedures of several investigative units. Recine conducted training for police recruits and supervisors on the Policies and Procedures of the Department as well as coordinated the design and implementation of the Department’s Early Intervention System (EIS) and Performance Mentoring Program. He also acted as the Department trainer for the Use of Force Reporting procedures and was responsible for planning and instructing field supervisors to ensure compliance with Federal mandates and Department standards.

Joseph Recine possesses many training certifications including, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) First Line Supervision Leadership, FBI Leadership Academy (FBI-LEEDA) Managing and Conducting Internal Affairs Investigations, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS) Certified General Topics Instructor, NYS DCJS Certified Security Guard Instructor, Center for Domestic Preparedness Department of Homeland Security (CDP DHS) Civil Disorder Course, NYS DCJS Criminal Investigator Certification, NYSDCJS Incident Command Structure Course, among others.

Recine holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Business Administration from Iona College (NY) and is a member of the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association (NIAIA).


David Sarni is a retired NYPD Detective who worked within several positions during his more than 27-year career.  Most of his work was dedicated to conducting criminal and narcotics investigations.  Toward the end of his career, Sarni was involved in the training of new and currently assigned investigators in the Detective Bureau on numerous topics.  Sarni played a crucial role in developing courses for these investigators and teaching various subjects to uniformed and civilian members of the service in the NYPD.  He has been a continuous contributor presenting at the NYPD’s Homicide Investigators Course.

David Sarni has had the opportunity to conduct, design and present criminal justice curriculum for undergraduates as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Sarni is also certified by NYS Division of Criminal Justice in general topics and in training unarmed security guards for state licensing.  He shares his broad knowledge and experience with the Croker team and clients.

Sarni holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College as well as numerous professional certifications.



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