Former NYPD Officer/Hostage Negotiator

Former NYPD Officer/Hostage Negotiator

Jack Cambria, a recently retired member of the New York City Police Department had contributed 33 ½ years on the force. Cambria’s career took him from precinct uniform and plainclothes patrol in Brooklyn’s 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, as a police officer, a sergeant and lieutenant.


Cambria also served on the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) for 16 years, whose primary focus is to provide Rescues, Tactical, and Counter-Terrorism services to the City of New York- and had the good fortune to be assigned to ESU is the same three ranks. Cambria has responded to and served on many high profile assignments such as both World Trade Center disasters, plane crashes, and a variety of hostage and barricade situations, particularly violent and suicidal individuals. In addition, Cambria served as a Rescue Team Manager on the FEMA-Urban Search and Rescue NY Task Force-1. He was deployed to Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maryland in 1995 and to the Atlanta Georgia Olympic Bombing in 1996.


In 2001, Cambria was selected to command the NYPD’s elite Hostage Negotiation Team. His duties consisted of coordinating the efforts of over 100 negotiators, who responded throughout New York City to all hostage and related assignments. Cambria was also responsible for the training and certification of all new negotiators and bi-annual refresher training of all current members of the team. Cambria has conducted in-service training for many International Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. In 2006 he, along with selected member of his team; Detective Lydia Martinez and Detective James Shanahan, was dispatched to the US Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct hostage negotiation training for members of the United States Joint Task Force. Cambria and his team were also asked by Commandment of the US Military Academy at West Point to conduct hostage negotiation training or the senior class of cadets.


During his time with his hostage team, Cambria responded too well-over 5000 crisis assignments. Additionally, having served a technical consultant I the entertainment industry, Cambria has advised on some major motion pictures and television series; “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3”, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, “The Amazing Spiderman II”, “Life on mars”, “Blue Bloods”, “Unforgettable”, “Elementary”,” The Mysteries of Laura” and “The Breaks”.


Cambria has also authored several scholarly articles on negotiations and has achieved a master’s Degree in Criminal Justice form the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  Cambria has also served as an adjunct professor at John jay College of Criminal Justice and at Empire State College. Cambria, in addition, presents to groups all over the country about his time at the NYPD.