Proven. Trusted. Protector.

JOHN GARCIA

To protect and serve the residents of Erie County by combining my experience as a proud first generation American along with my 25 years as a law enforcement professional and private security business owner to ensure we are delivering 21st century standards to the citizens of Erie County.

★ EXPERIENCE

2019-Present

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR

ERIE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION AID TO INDIGENT PRISONERS SOCIETY, INC

Assist the attorneys in the defense of indigent clients by collecting evidence, taking statements, finding witnesses, and preparing a multitude of reports

1994-2019

BUFFALO POLICE DEPARTMENT

Proud to serve and protect the citizens of the City of Buffalo in various leadership roles while aiding multiple towns and villages throughout our great county through my work as a Commander of Crisis Management and Dignitary Protection.  Roles within the department included:

 

  • Detective, Homicide Squad: 2016-2019
  • Detective, Narcotics, Intelligence and Vice Enforcement Bureau: 2007-2016
  • Commander of Crisis Management Unit & Dignitary Protection Unit: 2014-2019
  • Commander of Dignitary Protection Unit: 2014-2019
  • Detective, D-District: 2006-2007
  • Member, Crisis Management Unit: 2006-2014
  • Member, Dignitary Protection Unit: 2006-2014
  • Member, Gang Suppression Unit: 1998-2006
  • Patrol Officer: 1994-2006

2018-Present

PRINCIPAL OWNER

716 SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIONS

A private security firm providing an unprecedented level of investigative and executive experience in both public and private sectors. Responsible for all aspect of the business day to day operation as well as new client development.

★ AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Butler Award of Heroism
  • Badge of Honor Association Award
  • Two (2) time NY/NJ Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force Award
  • New York Association of Hostage Negotiators Bravery Award
  • Four (4) time Buffalo Police Department PBA Officer of the Month
  • Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation Community Service Award
  • Honorary Marshall of 1st Annual Puerto Rican / Hispanic Day Parade
  • Erie County Central Police Investigator School, Instructor

★ EDUCATIOn

  • B.A. Political Science, State University College at Buffalo, 1987
  • Colegio De Formación Profesional Santander, Spain: 1979
  • Buffalo Police Academy: 1994
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations Training Academy: 2011

★ CERTIFICATIONS

  • Crisis Negotiations Certifications, FBI Academy

  • Erie County Central Police Investigator School, Instructor

★ MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Buffalo Police Benevolent Association
  • Gold Shield Association
  • Detective and Detective Sergeants Association
  • New York Association of Hostage Negotiators, Vice President
  • Erie County Mental Health Association, Past Board of Directors
  • Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization
  • WNY Law Enforcement Helpline
  • Sandy Beach Yacht Club
  • Amherst Youth Soccer Association
  • Amherst Youth Basketball Association
  • Jewish Community Center