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Retired NYPD Bomb Squad Commanding Officer to Deliver 9-11 Remarks at Nichols College

Gerald Sheehan led NYPD Bomb Squad and Arson & Explosion Squad


“The Evolution of Terrorism—A New York City Exclusive,” will be presented by retired New York Police Department (NYPD) Commanding Officer Gerald B. Sheehan, a guiding force in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Sheehan, who led the NYPD Arson and Explosion Division and Bomb Squad, will show attendees rare footage of what happened within the NYC Bomb Squad Unit during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He will also discuss how terrorism has evolved over the past few decades, the need to stay current in addressing terrorist threats, and how bomb technicians and investigators have adapted.

Sheehan will take questions from the audience at the end of his talk.

This event is sponsored by the Nichols College Master of Science in Counterterrorism program and the Nichols College Criminal Justice program.

WHEN:            Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

WHERE:          Nichols College, Daniels Auditorium; 123 Center Road, Dudley, Mass.


Gerald B. Sheehan is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 509th Airborne Division (1963-1965) and a 34-year veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD). Upon retirement, he formed and presided as president of Sheehan Enterprises, a private consulting company specializing in bomb incident/crisis management planning.

He is a certified bomb technician and former commanding officer of the NYPD Bomb Squad, the largest and oldest in the United States, and has conducted high-level sensitive investigations with the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, and State Department. He was responsible for supervising portions of NYPD’s top-secret security details for the president of the United States, foreign dignitaries, and major sensitive events in the New York City area, including the World Series, Fleet Week, and the U.S. Tennis Open.

Sheehan is also a certified expert in cause and origin, and is former commanding officer of the NYPD Arson and Explosion Squad. He has served on the Arson and Explosion Steering Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and as chairman of the Equipment Committee of the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NABSCAB).

He has taught and lectured in the United States and Canada for law enforcement, educational institutes, and private industry, including the U.S. Army Hazardous Device School, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, AL Center for Domestic Preparedness, the NYPD Homicide and Criminal Investigation Courses, the New York City Fire Department’s Fire Academy fire marshal course, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia; the University of New Haven, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. John’s University, the Public Agency Training Council, APPL (Area Police/Private Security Liaison), the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement, and many large corporations, such as Siemens Corp., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Empire State Building.

During his tenure with NYPD, Sheehan has responded to hundreds of bomb- and arson-related incidents. These situations have afforded him the opportunity to evaluate, and learn from, the positive and negative aspects of police/fire response and corporate security.


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Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
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