Chief of Police (Ret.), Director of Public Safety/Assistant City Manager (Frm.)
Frank G. Fernandez is currently the President of Blueprints 4 Safety (B4S) Strategies Group LLC, a security and risk assessment consulting group specializing in vulnerability assessments, strategic planning and best practice policing/public safety strategic development. Aside from his current engagement in the private sector, Fernandez possesses extensive executive level government and law enforcement experience in the Miami metropolitan area, as well as adjunct faculty experience in the Miami-Dade County academic arena.
During his 34 years of service in the law enforcement field, Fernandez’s experience includes top leadership positions such as Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Operations for the Miami Police Department (MPD) as well as key positions in the areas of Patrol, Narcotics, Crime Suppression, Tactical and Investigations Unit, Community Affairs Section, and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET), as well as a Police Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He also held Team Leader and Command positions with the Miami Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team and had the opportunity to travel with former U.S. Southern Commander Army General Bantz J. Craddock and five U.S. Senators to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to assess facility conditions at this detention center. Fernandez has worked as an Expert Police Consultant for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division for over 12 years. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Firearms Committee and served as committee chair for the years 2017-2019. He is also a member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Post retirement from MPD in 2010, Fernandez served as Police Chief and Assistant City Manager for Public Safety for the City of Hollywood, Florida. He managed more than 60 percent of the workforce in the City as well as the overall city budget. Subsequently, he was recruited by the City of Coral Gables, Florida to be the Assistant City Manager / Director of Public Safety with operational authority over Police, Fire and Emergency Management in addition to Information Technology, Labor Relations and Risk Management, and Human Resources Departments. He additionally served as the lead contract negotiator for all City collective bargaining agreements. Fernandez also managed 60 percent of the City’s workforce and expenditures including 192 sworn officers and 134 certified firefighters. Fernandez has shown a strong commitment to cultivating good community relations and external partnerships by establishing and maintaining both fair and effective government services, policing methods, respecting diverse community viewpoints and building trust with neighborhood groups.
Fernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He has served as an adjunct professor at both Miami-Dade College School of Business and at Florida International University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2018, Fernandez was the Chairman for the American Heart Association and has recently been appointed as a Board Member for the Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale Board of Directors. He has been awarded the National Latino Peace Officers Association’s Chief’s Leadership Award, and the nationally recognized Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes Leadership Award, among others. Other academic accomplishments include: completion of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police; earning his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing; and graduating from FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute (NEI). Fernandez is fully bilingual, able to effortlessly and effectively conduct meetings in English or Spanish. He is married and is the father of three daughters and one son. Fernandez has been actively involved in the community as a Board Member of the American Heart Association and with youth baseball as a coach and Vice President for a local baseball league.
Director of Public Safety for Newark Housing Authority (NHA)
Under his current role, Gorley introduced the concept of a special police force, Newark Special Police, specifically for NHA. The unit is comprised of 18 NPD/NHA Special Police Officers and two supervisors. These officers have the power to make arrests within NHA housing communities while engaging in community policing strategies. He also created the first ever Intelligence Unit, comprised of four retired Newark police officers. Their focus is on the eradication of narcotic activity in NHA communities. The work this unit has done has exceeded expectations. In addition, he launched a Community Empowerment Team (CET) which hosted more than 50 community service events last year. The program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Urban and Housing Development's Office of Inspector General.
Prior to his role at NHA, he served as the Director of Public Safety for many housing authorities in the country such as the Virginia Housing Authority, Housing Authority of the Birmingham district in Alabama and Passaic Housing Authority in New Jersey.
Gorley also served as a Crime Reduction/Police Coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Public Housing Agency in Florida, where he implemented the Community Empowerment Team (CET) program. This included onsite police substations and social service programs in many Miami-Dade Public Housing Communities.
Gorley was hired for his current role based on of his overall experience. He has been credited for the reduction of crime in Passaic, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Waynesboro, Virginia public housing communities. During his time as Director of Public Safety in Opa Locka, Florida, the city saw a 98% drop in crime under his tenure, particularly in one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods known as the "Triangle."
Occasionally, Gorley consults for other housing authorities and is a speaker at events concerning housing matters and community crimes.
Chief (Ret.) / Biometric Technology Consultant for Law Enforcement
Bill Casey is an accomplished Law Enforcement Executive. Currently, Bill is a consultant who specializes in biometric technology for law enforcement. Recently he has held positions as a Vice President in charge of Strategic Opportunities for ANDE, a rapid DNA company, and Director of Physical and IT Security for the Harvard University Police Department. Most notably, he worked at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), where he served as the Unit Chief for the Biometrics Center of Excellence. The BCOE had a mission to further the use of biometrics in government and public safety. While with the FBI, he also served on a detail assignment as the Chief of Staff and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the First General Manager of FirstNet. FirstNet was created by the Federal Government to provide a Broadband Network for First Responders, which was a recommendation of the 9-11 Commission.
Bill began his law enforcement career as an officer for the Boston Police Department (BPD) in 1983; he subsequently rose through the ranks of the Boston Police and retired as a Deputy Superintendent. He was a member of the Command Staff for approximately twenty years, including the time frame of September 11, 2001. During most of his time frame on the Command Staff, he was the Commanding Officer of the Information Technology Division (ITD), which included the city of Boston’s 9-1-1 Center. As head of ITD, he was responsible for the procurement, maintenance and operation of the Department’s IT and Telecommunications Units. During his tenure, the City gained international renown as an innovator in utilizing IT in law enforcement. The BPD spearheaded initiatives to introduce mobile computing to the fleet; deploying one of the first integrated Identification and Imaging applications as well as a prototype ballistics imaging system, which became the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
While at the BPD, Casey also served as a member of various technical committees for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He was also involved and served as the Chair of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Advisory Policy Board. He also Chaired the NIBIN Executive Board when it was jointly managed by the FBI and ATF. In these roles, Casey was actively engaged in public safety efforts in Washington, such as to obtain spectrum for a nationwide public safety broadband network, to enhance the use of technology and biometrics in law enforcement, along with other public safety projects and initiatives.
Prior to joining the Boston Police Department, Bill was an aviation electronics technician with the U.S. Navy. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Suffolk University and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from New England School of Law. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees and Corporation for his Law School.
Brian is one of the nation’s preeminent crisis managers. He is the founder of The News Directors, Inc., a strategic communications firm based in Miami, Florida, and works with Blueprints 4 Safety offering advice and counsel in critical situations.
A former investigative reporter for well known international news agencies including CNN, CBS, and Fox News affiliates in South Florida, Brian approaches each matter with the tenacity, compassion, and drive that helped him become a well-respected journalist during his nearly 30 year career in journalism.
Today, Brian’s clients include private individuals, government agencies, and corporations. He has offered strategic communications advice during mass casualty events, natural disasters, and catastrophic accidents. Brian has also advised individual clients facing criminal charges, government entities navigating critical incidents, and corporate clients working to rehabilitate their reputations in the wake of public scandals.
Brian holds certifications in Leadership in Crisis and Leadership and Character in Uncertain Times from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Advanced PIO Certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”). He has also received specialized training certificates in communications involving aviation disasters and acts of terrorism from both the National Transportation and Safety Board (“NTSB”) and the Florida Attorney General’s Office.
Julio Pinera has nearly a decade of successful service as a Sr. Security Manager for a Fortune 500 Energy Company. In his current position, Julio is responsible for oversight of company asset security in Miami-Dade County, Florida; the workplace violence prevention and investigations programs; as well as working with a multidisciplinary team of professionals including engineers, attorneys and other company executives to solve complex operational challenges on a daily basis. Additionally, Julio is entrusted with overseeing, documenting and reporting on sensitive investigations impacting nuclear facilities.
Prior to his most recent position, Julio served in a number of progressively more critical positions within the Miami Police Department during his 22-year law enforcement career before retiring in 2013. As a result of his organizational skills, critical thinking ability, and constant pursuit of excellence, he excelled in various investigative and tactical units including Internal Affairs, Special Investigations, and SWAT. He also served in the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and currently holds a Department of Justice Security Clearance.
During his time as a Supervisor in Special Investigations, his leadership, integrity, and ability to motivate subordinates resulted in successful conclusion and prosecution of long-term complex investigations. Beyond his investigative expertise, Julio also developed and continues to deliver advanced training courses for law enforcement in subjects such as Internal Affairs Investigations, Dignitary Protection, and Advanced Surveillance Operation to name only a few. One of his most successful accomplishments at the Miami PD was the development, planning and coordination of a multidisciplinary field training exercise in cooperation with a foreign consulate and over 100 participants.
Julio served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Policemen receiving and Honorable Discharge and also earned a Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University, graduating Cum Laude.
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