Nicholas Casale has the knowledge and experience needed --- with the NYPD Nick achieved the prestigious rank of First Grade Detective, an elite designation for the department's most senior and experienced investigators. As a detective Mr. Casale was assigned to the Police Commissioner's Office (1989 - 1993), Investigation & Evaluation Section (1993) and as Confidential Aid to the Chief of Department, the highest-ranking uniformed officer (1994 - 2002).
Nick had an impressive career in law enforcement and counter-terrorism. Mr. Casale received a US Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Education Program Scholarship and graduated St. Francis College with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology before starting his career as a NYC Court Officer, NYC Correction Officer then moving over to the New York Police Department. Nick also received post-graduate certificates in Forensic Investigations and Homicide Investigations.
Mr. Casale participated in many confidential organized crime investigations targeting traditional La Costa Nostra and emerging Russian mobsters.
Nick was assigned to the NYC Transit Authority Law Department to develop procedures governing for-hire vehicles.
Mr. Casale assisted in writing the NYPD's disorder control guidelines and rapid mobilization plan after the Crown Heights riot of 1991, when Black and Orthodox Jewish residents took to the streets over a fatal traffic accident, which contributed to the defeat of Mayor David Dinkins who was blamed for an ineffective police response to the events.
In 1996, Mr. Casale was asked to become more involved in counterterrorism operations and accompanied then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Israel to observe counter-terrorism initiatives with the Border Patrol and National Police.
After being recognized for his actions during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Mr. Casale was assigned to represent the NYPD with the newly created NYS Office of Public Security, which later became the NYS Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Mr. Casale retired from the NYPD to join the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the agency's first ever Deputy Director of Police & Security overseeing Counter Terrorism operations. Mr. Casale commanded the Joint Infrastructure Task Force and was responsible for reducing the agency's vulnerability to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Mr. Casale understood the enormous impact transportation has on the City and its economy. Mr. Casale quickly assigned detectives to the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force, Homeland Security and the NYPD's Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Bureaus.
Director Casale challenged the Authority's entrenched ways of doing business, demanding that vendors and contractors working on major capital projects be screened before having access to plans and blueprints.
Nick traveled, as a guest of the Jewish Institute of National Security Affaires, to Israel to meet with Mr. Doron Bergerbest, Head of the Protection and Security Division of the Israel Security Agency, Dr. Uzi Landau, Minister of Public Security and then Mayor of Jerusalem and later Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Mr. Casale has lectured on transportation and critical infrastructure security at the Federal Transportation Administration, National Transit Institute and various Joint Terrorist Task Forces.
Mr. Casale was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the New York State Office of Court Administration; medals for Exemplary Service, Commendation, Merit and Excellent Duty with the NYPD; the New York City Police Foundation, Award of Excellence, The City of New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, “Cop of the Month; the Commissioner’s Exemplary Service Award, by the Hon. Lee Brown; Governor’s Award, New York State Executive Chamber, by the Hon. Mario Cumno; “Outstanding Investigation,” New York Retired Detectives Association Award; “Excellent Investigation,” New York Police Department, Chief of Detectives; the Governor’s Award, New York State Executive Chamber, Office of Public Security, by the Hon. George Pataki.
Today, Nick is licensed private detective and principal officer of Casale Associates, LLC, guest columnist for the New York Daily News, ABC News an "on-air contributor" for security and a regular on Law&Crime Network. Nick also appears on "A Crime To Remember" series on the Discovery Channel.