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Shannon Desmond, Special Agent DOJ (Ret)

ShannonSME:Firearms Trafficking Investigations                                             
         Certified LE Instructor
         Certified NRA Instructor
Degree: BS in Criminal Justice, Florida State University
Professional Membership:FLEOA, ASIS International, NADL
  Shannon Desmond is a retired Senior Special Agent with the Department of Justice, Bureau of ATF.  She has served in law enforcement for a total of 30 years with accomplishments in Complex Conspiracy and Firearms Trafficking Investigations. She began her career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Gainesville, Florida.  Following eight years in Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions she became a Special Agent with the Government.  There, she investigated violations of Federal Firearms, Explosive, Narcotics and Arson laws with expertise in Firearms Trafficking and Post Blast investigation.  She served as the primary instructor at various seminars nationally and internationally for the combined ATF and Provincial Weapons Unit, Toronto, Canada regarding Firearms Trafficking Investigation Techniques.  She was the Negotiations Team Leader assigned to ATF’s Special Response Team.  She participated in numerous undercover assignments long and short term and is a certified instructor in Undercover Operations, Hostage Negotiation and Sex Crimes Investigation.  She has also been a certified Firearms Instructor since 1993.  In 2004, Shannon was assigned to the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Doha, Qatar and Baghdad, Iraq.  Through 2006, she worked with the Iraqi High Tribunal Judges in drafting the criminal cases charging Saddam Hussein and the former regime for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. Following her retirement from ATF, Shannon was embedded with US Military in Iraq and Afghanistan from November, 2008 through June, 2013 as a Subject Matter Expert advising, mentoring, training military and host national’s on matters of Law Enforcement and Rule of Law.  Upon her return from overseas, Shannon served as the Director of Security for Sysco of South Florida, Miami and was responsible for determining and maintaining the security and asset protection of personnel, property, equipment and data against human and natural threats and perils, and is eager to assist law enforcement with their training needs.

Richard J. Cerniglia, Supervisory Special Agent DEA (Ret)

cernigliaSME:Narcotics Investigations, Counterdrug Operations, Undercover Operations Investigations
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Goldey-Beacom College
Professional Membership:The Ashburn Group
  Richard J. Cerniglia is a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with over 25 years of overall Law Enforcement Experience and 21 years of Narcotics Investigations, Management, and Training Experience.  During his time with the DEA he was assigned to, and conducted investigations as a Special Agent in the Miami Field Division, the Cleveland Resident Office, and the Norfolk Resident Office; and was also assigned to the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center, where he served as a Watch Officer, Training Officer, Security Officer, and as the lead Liaison and Briefing Officer.   As the Resident Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Resident Office he directed Special Agents along with State & Local Task Force Officers in all aspects of complex Federal drug and money laundering investigations; and developed a highly successful clandestine laboratory awareness training program that served to educate state and local law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and emergency medical service unit members in identifying and approaching clandestine laboratories.   During the last part of his career he was assigned to the DEA Headquarters as a Staff Coordinator in the Office of Enforcement Operations in the Mexico and Central America Section; where he coordinated highly sensitive international investigations and enforcement operations, worked closely with field personnel and the interagency on various operational issues, met and worked with foreign counterparts, and facilitated the arrest and prosecution of individuals and criminal organizations through the coordination and management of highly sensitive domestic and global criminal investigations. Richard is eager to assist today’s law enforcement in becoming highly skilled, professional Narcotics Investigators.

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