Anthony J. Raganella
Immediate Past President
Anthony J. Raganella is a retired 25-year decorated New York City Police Department Deputy Inspector and graduate of the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy. Currently, he is the founder and president of NY Blue Line Consulting Group, which provides law enforcement training and consulting services nationwide.
While at the NYPD, Anthony spent 8 years as the Commanding Officer of the Disorder Control Unit, a citywide department unit responsible for planning, assessing and ensuring the Department’s training and readiness in crowd management and disorder control operations for civil unrest, as well as major events, emergencies, and protests. As Commander of that unit, Anthony regularly developed policy, as well as evaluated and implemented training, equipment and best practices related to crowd management & control. He is considered a subject matter expert on matters related to protests and civil unrest and regularly trains, consults and testifies on such matters.
Anthony has completed his Master Degree in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from Marist College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science, summa cum laude, from New York Institute of Technology; an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, from Nassau Community College, as well as being a graduate of the 24th Session of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute, and the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy. Additionally, Anthony is the author of several published peer-reviewed journal articles and text book chapter supplements in the field of criminal justice.
In addition to his consulting firm, Anthony co-founded Rising Star Promotions, an educational tutorial service focused on supplementing and supporting studies of officers seeking elevation through promotional exams.
Although Anthony has dedicated his professional life to law enforcement, he hasn’t limited himself to just police work. Anthony is also active in many organizations and organizing fundraising events to support various causes, such as his high school alma mater’s alumni association – La Salle Military Academy – where he sits on the Board of Governors.
Anthony is an avid automobile enthusiast and tournament poker player, and resides on Long Island with his wife and son.
Brian J. Gould
Brian Gould retired as the Chief of Police from the Cheektowaga Police Department in 2023 and started a new position with T-Mobile for Government as a Public Safety Strategist. Brian stated his career with the department as a Public Safety Dispatcher in 1997 and became a sworn police officer in 2000. While moving up through the ranks, Brian became active in improving the department’s response to those in mental health crisis. In 2013, under his leadership, the department developed Western NY’s first Crisis Intervention Team. Since then, over 800 officers from various departments have been trained in CIT. Brian is also involved in instructing police officers from across New York in Crisis Intervention as part of the NYS Senate Initiative to expand CIT and has written opinions in cases as a police mental health expert witness. During his time as Chief of Police, Brian also developed a response after overdose program to link those with opiate addictions to treatment providers in the community. This program has been expanded across the region as well as other states. In his current role with T-Mobile, Brian covers Northeast region of the US, working to build relationship with first responder agencies and supporting T-Mobile customers. Brian has a Master’s of Science Degree from Hilbert College and is a graduate of the 250th Session of the FBI National Academy.
John Rowan joined the Suffolk County Police Department in 1993 and is currently the Chief of Detectives. During his career, he has held various supervisory roles including Commanding Officer of the 3rd Precinct from 2018-2022 and Commanding Officer Major Crimes Bureau, where he oversaw Homicide, Major Case, Special Victims and Hate Crimes from 2017-2018. He was also tasked during that time as the primary liaison with the Federal agencies assigned to work MS 13 murders. He travelled to El Salvador in January 2018 and was recognized by Homeland Security for his participation in Operation Matador, a joint task force investigating MS 13. He also served as a Captain in Internal Affairs and was the Commanding Officer of the First Squad Detectives where he held the rank of Detective Lieutenant.
John holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from St. John’s University with the distinction of Certificate of Excellence. His Bachelor of Arts degree was earned in 1991 from the University of Delaware where he was a member of the NCAA lacrosse team.
John attended the 236th Session of the National Academy and has been involved with the planning of the Nassau/Suffolk Luncheon and Bart Hose Shoot ever since. In 2019, John was recognized with the Chapter’s Bart Hose Award for Excellence.
John resides on Long Island with his wife and they have two grown children.
Chief of Interagency Operations Theresa Tobin joined the NYPD in 1983 and began her career on patrol in South Jamaica, Queens. She was promoted through the ranks to her current title of Chief of Interagency Operations. Chief Tobin has served as the Commanding Officer of the Behavioral Health Division, the Office of Collaborative Policing and Personnel Bureau’s Staff Services Section. She has served as the Executive Officer of the 1st, 10th and 13th Precincts.
Chief Tobin earned a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice; a Master of Social Work; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Social Work. She has been a New York State Certified Social Worker since 1985. Chief Tobin is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Columbia University’s Police Management Institute; and, Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
During her career, Chief Tobin has received numerous honors and medals including and the NYPD’s Medal of Valor and a Special Congressional Recognition in honor of her heroism, bravery and sacrifice during the tumultuous events of September 11, 2001.
David retired after 31 years with Durham Regional Police as Superintendent of Serious & Organized Crime in 2020. David served in the Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Enforcement Team, Intelligence, the Duty Office and led the Public Order Unit.
He has been an active member of the NYS/EC Chapter since graduating with Session 255 in 2014. Prior to being elected to the Executive Board, David served on our Board of Governors. David looks after our Instagram and Twitter accounts so please forward anything you want posted to email@example.com
Currently, David is a Senior Investigator and Business Development consultant with Investigative Solutions Network in the GTA.
Joseph Del Duca
Sergeant at Arms
Joseph L. Del Duca is a retired 28-year veteran New York City Police Department Deputy Inspector and graduate of the 263rd Session of the FBI National Academy.
Joe started his career as a Patrolman at the 72 Precinct in Brooklyn. He served as a Sergeant in PSA 3 and a Lieutenant in the 7th Precinct. Joe was the Commanding Officer of the 7th Precinct Detective Squad, the Manhattan DA Squad, and the DA Unit. He was the Executive Officer of the Midtown North Precinct. He has been decorated over 30 times during his career and was a Team Leader during the NYPD Re-Engineering Project.
Joe has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Staten Island. Currently, he works as a Public Safety Advisor for Fūsus, a Real Time Crime Center Company. He also serves as a board member for the Tunnel to Towers National Golf Committee. He served as a member of the NY/EC FBINAA Chapter Board of Governors and was recently appointed to the Sergeant of Arms position.
Captain Jeffrey Schmidt began his career with the Cheektowaga Police Department in 2006 after serving four years in the United Stated Marine Corps as a military policeman. He is a second-generation police supervisor following in the footsteps of his father Lieutenant Gary Schmidt, who retired in 2008. Jeffrey attended the FBI National Academy, Session 283, in 2022 and has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY University at Buffalo. He is finishing his Master’s degree at Hilbert College in the field of Criminal Justice Administration.
Jeffrey was involved in a variety of specialty units throughout his career to include SWAT, Bike Patrol, Tactical Training, Field Training, and served as the Entry Team Leader and Sniper Team Leader on the department’s SWAT Team. As of his latest promotion in 2023, Jeffrey is serving as the Captain of Administration and Public Relations.
Joseph J. Gannon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York; received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1966. Within two weeks, he was appointed to the New York City Police Department being the third generation in his family to so serve. He was initially assigned to the Tactical Patrol Force later transferred to the Detective Division serving in multiple commands including the Narcotics Bureau, a general crimes investigator in the Detective Squad covering Times Square, the Theater and Hotel Districts; and 11 years in the Special Frauds Squad. This required investigating complex financial crimes and losses of negotiable securities from Wall Street on a citywide basis. It was during the course of that assignment that he was nominated to the National Academy and graduated from the 126th Session in the summer of 1981.
A number of events followed which resulted in his retirement to assume a position in the Global Security Department of American Express Comapny, eventually becoming Director-Investigations, North America. Invited back to the Academy in 1982, he served as an instructor at Quantico in White Collar Crimes in 1982 through 2002. That role expanded to teaching not only the National Academy, but various FBI Schools including New Agents’ Enrichment Sessions; In Services for White Collar Crime Supervisors both at Quantico and Xerox (Leesburg); the Southern Police Institute, the Criminal Investigations Course and Crime Prevention Schools as well as NYPD Homicide Investigations School.
In addition, he enjoyed a regular block at the Youth Leadership Program on “Ethics, Integrity and Decision Making”. His duties at American Express took him all over the world including Western Europe, the UK, Moscow and Tokyo with long term assignments in Miami, Vancouver (BC) and Los Angeles. He retired after 29 year’s service, but remains a contractor with his former employer. Joe served on the Chapter Executive Board in various positions, culminating as Chapter President in 2011. Having just celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2017, Joe is the proud Grandfather of two sets of twins who now regularly attend Retrainers, both at the Chapter and National venues. Their Dad has followed the family tradition and after serving in multiple New York State investigative agencies for over a dozen years (OCTF, Inspector General and Insurance Frauds Bureau) is a senior Postal Inspector in the New York Division for the past decade while Mom is a school teacher in the New York City school system.