Jack J. Cambria, Lieutenant (retired)
Jack Cambria is a recently retired member of the New York City Police Department who has contributed 33 ½ years of exemplary service. He has served for 16 years in the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), whose primary focus is to provide Rescue, Tactical (SWAT), and Counter-Terrorism services to the City of New York. He was assigned to ESU in the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has extensive experience and certifications in all facets of these operations, and is a New York State Certified Police Instructor. He holds numerous awards for bravery and dedicated service. He has responded to and served on many high profile assignments such as both World Trade Center disasters, plane crashes, and a variety of hostage and barricade situations, particularly violent and suicidal individuals. He also served as the Rescue Team Manager on the FEMA-Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. Because of his solid foundation of achievements, Jack was assigned to command the agencies elite Hostage Negotiation Team for the last fourteen-years of his career. His duties consisted of coordinating the efforts of over 100 negotiators, who responded throughout New York City to all hostage related assignments. He was responsible for the training and certification of all new negotiators and refresher training of all of the current members of the team. Jack has and continues conducting in-service training for many international, federal, state and local law enforcement and corporate agencies. In 2006, he and two selected members of his team were dispatched to the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to conduct hostage negotiation training for members of the United States Joint Task Force. He has also served as a technical consultant in the entertainment industry, where he advised on the major motion pictures, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,’ ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ and ‘The Amazing Spiderman II;’ additionally for the television series, ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘Elementary,’ and ‘The Mysteries of Laura.’ Jack has authored several scholarly articles on negotiations and has achieved his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and the Empire State College (SUNY) in New York City.
Dr. Andy Young
Dr. Young has been a Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and Psychological Consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads their Victim Services Unit and is the director of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has been on the negotiating team at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 and has recently been asked to serve as the Psychological Consultant on the Amarillo Police Department’s HNT team and has joined the team at the Texas Department of Public Safety (state troopers). He has written a book, mostly stories about his work as a crisis counselor and hostage negotiator at LPD called Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Frontline (see www.DrAndyYoung.com) and has published research on the callout experience, personality and decision-making styles of negotiators and SWAT operators, one of which was recently published in NTOA’s magazine. Since 2014 he has spoken nationally at numerous hostage negotiator conferences, as well as other professional and academic conferences on crisis intervention and hostage negotiating.
Sam Farina received his B.S. in Criminology from Niagara University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He furthered his education by receiving his Masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Walden Univeristy. In 1988, he took a position as a Monroe County Sheriff Road Patrol Deputy and has been assigned to a number of specialized assignments including: Criminal Investigations – Warrant Unit, VICE, Research; Planning Unit, and Recruitment Unit. As a Sergeant, he was charged with supervisory duties at the Rochester International Airport and patrol. Chief Farina resigned from the Sheriff’s Office to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, Virginia. After completion of the FBI Academy, Deputy Chief Farina was assigned to the Washington Field Office in the District of Columbia as a Special Agent where he conducted investigations pertaining to asset seizures and forfeitures resulting from a variety of criminal and national security cases. Just over a year’s time, Chief Farina returned to the Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant due to family reasons. Upon his return, Deputy Chief Farina was assigned to the Inspectional Services Unit responsible for internal inspections of the agency’s operations, accreditation management and internal investigations. Once promoted to Lieutenant in 2002, Farina worked as the Aide to the Sheriff. In 2004, he was promoted to Commander as the Staff Services Bureau Chief. The position of Commander consisted of oversight for all multi-bureau administrative functions. In October 2008, Chief Farina transferred to the Rochester Police Department to oversee the Special Operations Division. As a Police Commander, he maintained responsibility and oversight for the Tactical Unit, the Special Investigations Section, Special Teams, K9, Mounted Unit, and the Youth Services Section. In June of 2010, Commander Farina was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations which included oversight of all operational and investigative components for the Rochester Police Department. In September of 2011, Deputy Chief Farina retired from the Rochester Police Department after almost 23 years of police service to Monroe County and Rochester. Upon retirement, Deputy Chief Farina provides Hostage and Crisis Negotiations Training for the US State Department to foreign governments. Deputy Chief Farina is the former special team supervisor for the Hostage Recovery Team and is a certified hostage negotiator. In addition, he is a national police accreditation assessor with CALEA and a state accreditation assessor with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services. He is a certified police instructor and former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, and Roberts Wesleyen College. His professional memberships include: President and founder of the New York Association of Hostage Negotiators and member of the International Association of Chief’s of Police. In 2015, Farina was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Village of Fairport in New York. With respect to hostage negotions, Chief Farina received FBI Basic Neogitator Training in 2001 and has been a hostage team commander for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department and now with the Fairport Police Department. Since 2001, Farina has been involved with almost 100 hostage/barricade situations.