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Lawrence M. Zacarese

Assistant Chief of Police Director of the Office of Emergency Management

Photograph of Lawrence M. Zacarese Lawrence M. Zacarese is the Assistant Chief of Police and Director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stony Brook University. Assistant Chief Zacarese began his public sector career as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician more than twenty years ago in the Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department. After graduating paramedic school in 1995 he worked in that respective field at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and the Stony Brook University Medical Center for several years before joining the New York City Police Department.

While in the New York City Police Department, Lawrence worked as a patrol officer and plain clothes anti-crime officer for five years until his transfer to the Emergency Service Unit of the Special Operations Division. During his assignment to the Emergency Service Unit he worked as a canine handler and tactical paramedic for nearly seven years before being promoted to Sergeant. Thereafter, he worked as a uniformed patrol supervisor and, in his last assignment as the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit Sergeant in the 115th precinct, he oversaw a team responsible for more than 400 misdemeanor and felony arrests, numerous search warrants, and countless confidential informant debriefings during a year one period.

Assistant Chief Zacarese has been in his current position with the University Police Department since 2009 and has also served as the Bio-Terrorism Center Coordinator for the Suffolk County Regional Resource Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition, he works as a Deputy Chief Fire Instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy and has been an adjunct lecturer and subject matter expert for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Assistant Chief Zacarese is a graduate of the 246th session of the FBI National Academy, a prestigious training program offered to less than one percent of all law enforcement executives throughout the world. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College. Assistant Chief Zacarese presently holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration - Inspector General, Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a graduate certificate in Global Security and Terrorism Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, and a New York State Paramedic certificate from Stony Brook University.


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