Terry CulhaneClient Service Ambassador
Office Location: Bethpage, New York
Organization: Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security
In July 1984 Terry joined the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department and was assigned to various patrol functions as a patrol Officer and supervisory positions until his attaining his last position as Deputy Chief.
Assignments included but were not limited to uniform patrol, plainclothes anti crime, auto crime, freight crime patrol supervisor, Detective Bureau commander, Inter Agency Counter Terrorism Task Force commander, Bureau of Special Operations commander, district commander and lastly regional commander.
Terry’s last assignment entailed acting as a liaison with the Long Island Rail Road Office of Security which encompasses, but is not limited to, assisting the railroad with bringing all aspects of its security infrastructure into one cohesive command and control center. This task required Terry to ensure that all security initiatives were in conformity with the overall plan established for all of the MTA agency’s by the MTA Office of Security.
In 2009, Terry was transferred to the MTA Office of Security and was given the task of enhancing our current communications system for the MTA Police Department. This task entailed not only infrastructure improvements, but also meeting the narrow banding federal mandates, building solid partnerships with agencies within our 14 county/2 State operating area to provide interoperable communication capabilities.
Terry retired in February 2011 and is working as an independent consultant for a number of clients, including but not limited to, The Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security.
Terry is a member of National Law Enforcement Association, International Association Chiefs of Police, New York Operation Lifesaver (Past Board Member), New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Nassau County Association Chiefs of Police, New York Shields, American Society for Industrial Security and currently sits on the Board of Directors at the New York TEAM Federal Credit Union..
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) – New York
MTA subways, buses, and railroads provide 2.6 billion trips each year to New Yorkers, the equivalent of about one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation’s rail riders. MTA bridges and tunnels carry nearly 300 million vehicles a year. North America’s largest transportation system, the MTA serves a population of 14.6 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area, employing more than 69,000 personnel.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department
Established through the consolidation of the former Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Metro North (MNRR) Railroad in 1998 and the Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) Police Department in 2005, the MTA Police is responsible for the safety and security of MTA customers, employees and facilities. The Department is one of the largest transportation law enforcement agencies in the United States and is comprised of 760 sworn and civilian staff with an operating budget of $120 million and capital plan of $64 million.
A law enforcement executive officer, with proven accomplishments as an operations chief, I have been directly responsible for ensuring police and security support for a major urban transportation provider, in such highly visible and pressured circumstances as the 2004 Republican National Convention at New York’s Madison Square Garden. I am a powerful communicator and a skilled negotiator, able to balance assertiveness and tact, for interagency cooperation with maximum results, and win-win outcomes.
- Formulated police contingency plans for 2005 transit strike
- Command liaison for 2004 Republican National Convention
- On September 11, 2001, coordinated Manhattan evacuation plans for MTA and liaised with NYPD Operations Command and Control Bureau
- Coordinated the Colin Ferguson homicide investigation
Independent Consultant – Feb 2011 -
Deputy Chief, Liason to LIRR Office of Security, MTA Police Department – Sept. 2007 - 2011
Deputy Chief, MTAPD Police Radio Project, MTA Police Department
Asst. Deputy Chief, Personnel Section, MTA Police Department – 2007
Executive officer responsible for all personnel matters for entire department
Asst. Dep. Chief, Eastern Region Command, MTA Police Department – 2005 - 2007
Executive officer in charge of all law enforcement activities for the Eastern Region – Long Island Rail Road
- Command staff of six and a force of 239
- 10% reduction in crime
- 8% reduction in force, as mandated by agency budget
Captain, District 4, Penn Station – 2004-2005
- 300,000 commuters daily
- 5% reduction in crime
- 17% increase in enforcement activity
Lieutenant, Special Operations – 2003-2004
- Counterterrorism Task Force
- Emergency Services Unit
- Canine Unit
- Highway Unit
Sergeant – 1998-2003
- 16% decrease in motor vehicle accidents in first year
- 18,000+ summonses issued in first year
Detective Sergeant – 1992-1998
- 50% reduction in automobile crime
- 87% successful case closure
- Six-month sting operation in Suffolk County
Police Officer – 1984-1992
- Assigned to patrol, communications, anti-crime and freight crime units
- 300+ arrests in a single three-year period
- National Law Enforcement Association
- International Association Chiefs of Police
- New York Operation Lifesaver (Board Member)
- New York State Association of Chiefs of Police
- Nassau County Association Chiefs of Police
- New York Shields
- NY TEAM FCU – Board of Directors