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Jose R. Guerra

Senior Tactical Advisor

Mr. Guerra brings over 26 years of experience in Law Enforcement and tactical training to SFTA. A retired New York Police Department Police Officer, his assignments included: Police Service Area 6, Housing Authority Emergency Rescue Service & NYPD Emergency Service Unit Squad 3 (Special Operations Division.) As a Member of the NYPD and its elite Emergency Service Unit, Mr. Guerra has earned over 35 service awards and medals. Awards include the New York Shields Purple Heart for injuries received in street combat and The New York City Police Department’s highest award, TheMedal of Honor on December 4th, 2001.

                                                                                                       Career Achievements


                                                                                                         Dignitary Protection


As a member of the New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit, Mr. Guerra conducted Dignitary Protection for all visiting Heads of State including the President of the United States as a Counter Assault Team member.


                                                                            Rescue Operations (Twelve years of experience)


• Vehicle and Aircraft Extraction

• Building Collapse rescue

• Confined Space rescue

• Hostage rescue

• Active Shooter

• Emergency Medical Technician/Defibrillator

• Emergency Psychology Technician/Hostage Negotiation

• Hazardous Material First Responder

• Tactical Operations: Conducted numerous Tactical entries for armed perpetrators                      

• Conducted numerous apprehensions of the violent mentally disturbed.

• Qualified in numerous non-lethal and lethal firearms.

• Helicopter Air Assault qualified.

• Security: Mikhail Gorbachev World Women’s Award at Lincoln Center, NYC

• Lead Security Coordinator: The Diageo Golden Bar Awards, NYC

•12 Years of operational experience with the NYPD Special Operations Community (ESU, Aviation, Harbor Units).


                                                                                                 Protection Details


• United Nations 50th Anniversary

• Numerous Counter Assault Assignments and Dignitary Details

• Pope John Paul, Israeli P.M. Rabin and Netanyahu, Cuban President Fidel Castro, Palestinian  

  Leader Arafat, U.S. President Clinton, U.S. Vice President Gore.




• Rescue ‘Grab’ of fourteen-year-old female jumper on top of 32 stories High-rise ledge.

• Rescue ‘Grab’ of Deaf-mute emotionally disturb person on High-rise ledge

• Active Shooter Rescue while under gunfire of two wounded Officers pinned down in the town of Eastchester, New York

• Active Shooter Rescue of Tactical entry team in rifle assault and ambush, as a result was shot in the line of duty protecting entry team.


                                                                                                 Humanitarian Missions


• Hurricane ‘George’ relief mission to Santo Domingo D.R. 1998 with F.E.M.A and the NYC Office of      Emergency Management Dignitary Protection

• First relief flight to The Afghanistan Combat Theater of Operation “Operation Enduring Freedom” Bagram and Kabul. 2001

• Humanitarian Mission to Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003


                                                                                                        Awards & Medals


• NYPD Medal of Honor

• NYPD Honorable Mention Medal: Silver Star

• (2) Commendation Medals: Bronze Star

• (4) Meritorious Police Duty Medals

• (4) Excellent Police Duty Medals

• (3) Unit Citation Medals 1995/2000/2001

• Pistol/Rifle Marksmen Medals

• Air Assault Wings

• New York Shields Purple Heart Medal

• NYC Police Department Honor Legion – Certificate of Merit

• NY Law Enforcement Foundation – Award for Valor

• NYC Council – Citation for Bravery

• NYS Assembly –Citation for Heroism

• House of Representatives United States Congress – Hon. Anthony D. Wiener Proclamation

• The American Legion – Certificate of Commendation

• Office of the Mayor of the City of New York – Certificate of Recognition: Hurricane Relief

• President of the Borough of the Bronx- Certificate of Merit

• Patrolman’s Benevolent Association –Finest of the Finest Award

• New York Daily News – Hero of the Month Award

• Lena Cymbrowitz Memorial Community Service Award- Heroism Award

• Latino Officers Association – Award for Heroism

• United States Secret Service – Certificate of Appreciation

• President of the Borough of Brooklyn – Certificate of Merit

• NYPD Detective Bureau - Exemplary Conduct Award

• New York State ‘Cop of the Year’- Nominee

• New York State Governor’s Award –For Valor

• Nike Corporation and The Washington County Sheriff – ‘You make a difference’ Award

• CBS News – Hometown Hero

• 1010 WINS News – Person of the Week

• House of Representatives Congressional Record- Recognition of the Iraqi Humanitarian Airlift


• 65TH Infantry Honor Task Force – SFC Modesto Cartagena Award for Distinguished Service

• Senator David Carlucci – Certificate of Achievement for Exemplary Achievement, Service and


• National Infantry Association – Order of Saint Maurice Medal


                                                                     Professional Titles and/or Certifications


• St. Vincent’s School Of Nursing, Manhattan, Certified as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician

• New York City Police Academy, Manhattan, Graduated with Honors

• John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan, Certified Emergency Psychology Technician

• Certified Hostage Negotiator

• Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Cross Trained with PAPD

  Emergency Service Unit in Fire Fighting and Crash Emergency Rescues and all other aircraft

   emergency incidents

• New York City Transit Authority Police Department - Completed Emergency Training with Emergency Medical Rescue Unit

• New York City Housing Authority Police Department - Completed Emergency Rescue Tactics and Operations

• New York City Police Department Emergency Service Division - Completed Specialized Training School

• NYS DCJS 20hr "Train the Trainer" for Armed Security Guard Instructors

• 47hr Basic Firearm Development Program

• NRA Certified Instructor- Pistol

• NRA Range Safety Officer




• Featured in the A&E Series INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS 1999 – Documentary of the NYPD’s most Elite Unit: The Emergency Service Unit

• Appeared in stories and specials on numerous News Outlets including CNN, CNN Espanol, Univision, WABC 7, CBS 2 Morning show

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