Mr. Shamshak has been part of the investigative and security fields for thirty four years. He was a law enforcement professional for twenty one years, serving as a Police Chief in two municipal police departments for nine years. Since 1999, he has been operating his own private investigation and security consulting business. Given his many years of professional experience, Mr. Shamshak has developed a vast network of public and private investigative and security contacts throughout the nation and the world.
In addition to his private investigation and security business, Mr. Shamshak has established a police consulting practice. As a Police Practices Expert, he has been retained to conduct reviews of police policies and procedures, assist in the hiring of personnel, and investigate allegations of police misconduct. He has reviewed police operational matters related to arrest procedure, handling of prisoners, use of lethal and non-lethal force, and criminal investigative procedure. He has provided investigative and consulting services to law enforcement agencies, municipalities, state criminal justice agencies, insurance companies, attorneys, and private investigators. In addition he has served as both plaintiff's and defendant's expert witness in federal civil litigation.
During his law enforcement career, Mr. Shamshak served as a sworn officer in three police departments. He began his career in 1978, in the city of his birthplace, Somerville, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Somerville Police Department for twelve years. As a member of the SPD, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and served as Night Patrol Commander for two years. While holding the rank of Sergeant, he served as Supervisor of the Night Detective Unit for four years. He also acquired experience as the Director of the Somerville Police Academy. In 1990, he left Somerville to become Police Chief in the Town of Spencer, Massachusetts. He was Chief of the Spencer Police Department for five years. In 1995, he was appointed Police Chief in the Town of Winthrop, Massachusetts. He served as Chief of the Winthrop Police Department for four years, and during his tenure, the agency attained national recognition for leadership in crime prevention and community policing initiatives.
Mr. Shamshak is a graduate of Suffolk University. In 1976, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. In 1980, he earned a Master of Science degree at the Graduate School of Criminal Justice, at Northeastern University. In the early 1980s, he matriculated at Boston College as a sociology doctoral student.
Mr. Shamshak received his basic police recruit training at the Boston Police Academy. He graduated at the top of his recruit class, and served as class president. During his career, he attended a variety of specialized law enforcement and professional development training programs. He received specialized training in the areas of crime prevention, crime scene investigation, domestic violence, homicide investigation, interviewing and interrogation techniques, internal affairs investigation, law enforcement instructor development, organized crime, sexual assault investigation, and white collar crime, to mention but a few. Also, he attended the Command Training Program at the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management, and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, conducted by the Fede ral Bureau of Investigation. In addition, he has attended specialized and executive training programs conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Mr. Shamshak has taught criminal justice courses at Middlesex Community College, in Bedford, MA, and at Anna Maria College, in Paxton, MA. He has taught Criminal Investigation, Interpersonal Communication, Patrol Operations, and Public Administration. As a graduate teaching assistant at Boston College, he taught Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency. He has been a guest lecturer at Suffolk University Law School. He has lectured on the subject of investigative techniques used by law enforcement personnel and criminal defense investigators.
Since 1980, Mr. Shamshak has served as a Police Trainer for numerous police agencies, county sheriff departments, municipalities, the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Trial Court, the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of The Treasury. He has designed and conducted a variety of recruit, in-service, specialized, supervisory, mid-management, and executive police training programs. Subject matters that he has taught include the following: Community Policing, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Intervention, Criminal Law, Crime Scene Investigation, Cultural Diversity, Discipline Procedure, Domestic Violence, Ethics & Professionalism, Firearms Training, Health & Wellness, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing & Interrogation, Leadership & Management, Motor Vehicle Law, Patrol Procedures, Public Speaking, Report Writing, Strategic Planning, Suicide Prevention in Jails, Supervisor Liability, Testifying In Court, and Use of Force.
Mr. Shamshak maintains a strong affiliation with law enforcement. He is a Life Member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. As an active member of the MCPOA, he served as the coordinator of the Executive Development Program, and was a member of the Firearms Committee, the Highway and Traffic Safety Committee, and the Training and Education Committee. He is a member of the FBI/Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and is a Life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Shamshak is affiliated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (www.missingkids.com) He is a Project ALERT representative. NCMEC Project ALERT representatives are available to assist local police agencies in need of- Immediate Assistance, Long-Term Case Review, Surveillance, Witness Interviews, A Family Liaison, and A Public Speaker. Mr. Shamshak is the Public Safety Consultant for the Molly Bish Lifeguard Foundation. (www.MollyBish.org)
Mr. Shamshak is affiliated with a number of professional investigator organizations. He is a past president of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts. He has served as Chairman of the LPDAM Legislative Committee, Chairman of the LPDAM Training and Education Committee, and is the LPDAM liaison to the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. He is a member of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Rhode Island. He is affiliated with the Criminal Defense Investigator Training Council. He is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, serves in the CDITC Advisory Board, and is a member of the CDITC faculty. He is a member of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and serves on the NCISS Board of Directors. He is the Director of Region 2B (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT).
Mr. Shamshak is affiliated with Boston University. He is the Program Director and Lead Instructor of the BU Certificate in Professional Investigation. (www.bu.edu/professional) Mr. Shamshak teaches PI 101- Foundations of Professional Investigation, and PI 104-Investigative Interviewing.