Garry F. McCarthy
Throughout his extensive law enforcement career, Garry McCarthy, president, and CEO of McCarthy Byrnes, has consistently delivered superior results. Through executive leadership roles, operations management techniques and implementing innovative crime control strategies, McCarthy has significantly reduced crime and streamlined efficiencies.
From 2011 to 2015, Mr. McCarthy served as the Police Superintendent for the City of Chicago—the second-largest police department in the nation. He oversaw a $1.4 billion budget and 13 thousand sworn and civilian employees. During his tenure, he worked diligently to reduce violence and crime by using proven crime fighting and prevention strategies that helped reduce crime in other major American cities including New York City and Newark. Under Garry McCarthy’s leadership, Chicago saw four straight years of reduction in overall crime and the fewest violent crime incidents since the 1960s. Through policy and training efforts, he reduced police-related shootings by 70 percent and police complaints by 50 percent. Since 2011- 2015, overall crime in Chicago fell by more than 37 percent—across the FBI’s combined major crime indices.
Prior to his role as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, McCarthy served as the Police Director for Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2011. Under his watch, the department led the nation in murder reduction in 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he oversaw a 12 percent reduction in overall crime and reduced civilian complaints against personnel by more than 20 percent. He has also created innovative systems that helped ensure accountability throughout the police force. This role presented a mix of challenges. Due to state-mandated layoffs, McCarthy was called to implement strategies that streamlined the department and reduced the budget by more than $33 million. Here, he removed non-essential roles and ensured that there was no disruption in patrol levels or officers on the street.
McCarthy began his law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department, NYPD. Over the course of his career with the NYPD, he held multiple supervisory and command positions including Deputy Commissioner of Operations. In this role, he acted as the principal crime control strategist for the department. He was also a key policymaker responsible for directing the planning and motivating a staff of thousands. He was critically involved in planning, coordinating, and directing the response to the World Trade Center attack and aftermath. After his involvement, he was called to act as the Coordinator of the Metropolitan Committee on Counter Terrorism, a committee comprised of 43 federal, state, and local agencies.
Mr. McCarthy has been awarded more than twenty Commendations for Valor, is a sought-after expert and international public speaker, and is an active member of many organizations. He served as the first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum. He was also featured in the award-winning documentary Brick City. McCarthy attended the prestigious Police Management Institute at Columbia University as well as the graduate program at Marist College in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York-Albany and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Kristin.
Garry F. McCarthy
President & CEO
As an accomplished law enforcement officer with close to three decades of dedicated service, Robert Byrnes has distinguished himself in a variety of roles throughout his career which eventually led him to establish Strategic Security Solutions, Inc., a private investigative agency providing comprehensive security services since 2004.
In the span of his law enforcement career, Robert has been involved in a wide range of criminal investigations, many of which involved dangerous undercover work. Through his tireless efforts, he was able to maintain a 98% conviction rate, helping to stem the tide of gang violence and drug trafficking in the greater Chicagoland area.
After joining the South Chicago Heights Police Department in 1994, Robert rose rapidly through the ranks with hard work and perseverance. By 2002, Robert’s work in law enforcement was recognized as exceptional by the Illinois Secretary of State, and he was appointed as Deputy Director for the Secretary of State Police Department. Robert was directly responsible for managing the Special Operations Support Division’s resources, including SWAT teams, underwater dive investigations, and the Hazardous Devices Unit. In addition to these duties, Robert oversaw motor vehicle licensing and regulation, identity theft investigations, and security at Secretary of State facilities, as well as the Capitol Complex.
Robert also served as a respected member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Narcotic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) for over 20 years. As a member of this elite unit, Robert led numerous state and federal criminal cases against violent and repeat offenders. From case building to trial testimony, Robert established himself as an outstanding investigator and expert witness.
As a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Robert received annual training on criminal trends and investigations. He attended both the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command as well as the Executive Police Management Program. Additionally, he has been certified by the Illinois Training and Standards Board as a gang specialist and investigative training instructor. In his role as an educator, Robert has provided invaluable insight into criminal investigations for hundreds of police officers from different agencies throughout the State of Illinois.
For nearly two decades, Robert has served as a security consultant and provided private investigative services through Strategic Security Solutions, Inc. for business owners and government agencies. Robert has also furnished discrete and vital assistance to many individuals and families seeking remedies and solutions for private matters.
Robert is now joining forces with Garry McCarthy, the former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, to establish McCarthy Byrnes, a private security consulting firm. Both gentlemen possess decades of knowledge and experience to mitigate threats and lessen liabilities in a world wrought with costly litigation and active threats.
Partner & COO
Director of Risk Management
Kevin Ruel is the Director of Risk Management at McCarthy Byrnes and an expert in security assessments, executive protection, and police department consulting. Having worked in the Intelligence Community and over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Ruel is a knowledgeable and expert professional in the field.
In his current position at McCarthy Byrnes, Kevin is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and mitigating potential risks to clients we work with. He works closely with the McCarthy Byrnes leadership team to develop and implement strategies to reduce risk and improve the overall resilience of the company. Additionally, he works with various departments to identify and assess potential risks and develop plans to mitigate them.
Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder and participated in an executive fellowship with the FBI in Washington, D.C. He is also GIAC Information Security Fundamentals certified and an Emergency Medical Technician.
In addition to his formal education, Kevin has attended multiple law enforcement training classes and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School, the DEA’s Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Academy and Correctional Academy, where he was class valedictorian in each class.
From 1992-2021, Ruel served in multiple positions at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. As the Deputy Chief of Training and Emergency Services Bureau, he managed and supervised the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy, the Emergency Services Bureau (including, but not limited to, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiators, and Helicopter Unit), and served as the Incident Commander for major events, emergencies, and disasters.
Ruel also oversaw the security of critical infrastructures and key resources in the Cook County Sheriff’s jurisdiction, served as the liaison for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, and managed the security of National Pharmaceutical Stockpile distribution sites in Cook County.
In addition to these roles, Ruel held various other leadership positions at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, including Deputy Chief of Patrol and Emergency Services Bureau, Deputy Chief of Special Investigations and Emergency Services Bureau, Commander of the Narcotics Unit, Commander of the Gang Crimes Unit, Lieutenant of the Patrol Division, Sergeant of the Narcotics Unit and Sergeant of the Patrol Division.
From 1999-2021, Ruel served on the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s Hostage/Barricade and Terrorist team. In this capacity, he served as the Tactical Commander, responsible for planning and coordinating the response to hostage and barricade situations, as well as serving as an Entry Team Leader and Entry Team Operator where he was responsible for leading a team of operators during high-risk operations and participated in a variety of tactical operations. In addition, Ruel is a trained breacher, sniper and medic during high-risk situations.
Ruel has a long history of involvement with the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA), an organization that provides training and fosters interoperability between SWAT teams in the state of Illinois. From 2004-2015, Kevin held a number of positions with the ITOA, including Board of Directors (2004-2008), Executive Board Secretary (2008-2009), and Executive Board Treasurer (2009-2015). In these roles, Kevin played a key role in the organization’s efforts to provide training and support to tactical officers and to promote collaboration between SWAT teams.
Ruel’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the field, as well as his experience in law enforcement consulting and training, and handling high-risk situations, make him a cornerstone member of McCarthy Byrnes.
Terence V. Williams
Director of Risk Consulting
With an impressive 29 years of experience in law enforcement, Terence Williams is a leading authority on security program development and strategic planning for police departments and private corporations.
As the former Deputy Chief of Police for the Chicago Police Department, Williams
was instrumental in overseeing street operations and ensuring the efficient
operation of the country’s second largest police force. Terry also served the department as a Patrol Commander, Executive Officer in the Detective Division and Captain of the 008th, 021st and 002nd Districts. He brings a wealth of leadership experience and expertise to McCarthy Byrnes.
Backed by a B.S. from Purdue University and extensive training from the FBI National
Academy and Northwestern University’s School of Police Executive Management,
Williams has a wealth of knowledge to share with his clients.
As his role now as a Director of Security Risk Management at McCarthy Byrnes, a private investigation and security firm, Williams is leveraging his extensive
experience and proven leadership skills to provide clients with a range of
security services, including security risk consulting, crisis management,
special event security services, and workplace violence prevention program
Director of Law Enforcement Consulting
With over 38 years of experience in law enforcement, Anthony Scarpelli is a highly regarded expert in police administration. Scarpelli has a proven track record in developing and implementing effective security strategies for both public and private entities, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as Director of Law Enforcement Consulting at McCarthy Byrnes.
During his tenure at Skokie Police Department, Scarpelli held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief of Police, Deputy Police Chief, Police Commander of Special Operations, and Police Lieutenant. He also served as an investigator and certified Juvenile Officer, with specialties in Crime vs. Persons, Gang Crimes, and Gypsy Crimes. He has previously been recognized as an expert regarding gypsy criminal activity and provided criminal case assistance to numerous police departments and federal agencies in several States, court testimony, acted as co-presenter at training seminars, and served on two multi-year federal task forces. Scarpelli was also sworn as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal twice and was a guest speaker on two nationally broadcast TV talk shows regarding confidence crimes.
As Chief of Police, Scarpelli was responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating the Skokie Police Department’s operations. He developed policies and procedures, implemented directives from the Village Manager, and oversaw the department’s budget. He also trained and developed department personnel, handled grievances and maintained departmental discipline, and ensured that laws and ordinances were enforced to maintain public peace and safety.
In addition to his work at Skokie Police Department, Scarpelli was also an Adjunct Professor at Kaplan University’s School of Criminal Justice from January 2005 to June 2014.
As Director of Law Enforcement Consulting at McCarthy Byrnes, Scarpelli will assist clients with the development and implementation of a wide range of management tasks related to police administration.
Director of Investigations
Robert Toerpe is a highly experienced law enforcement professional that has joined McCarthy Byrnes as Director of Investigations. After an eventful 30-year career with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Toerpe brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the team.
As the former Chief of the Law Enforcement Bureau, Toerpe managed over 110 deputies who make up patrol, detectives, tactical, forensics, canine, SWAT, and the Hazardous Device Unit. He also served on the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Executive Board, the DuPage County MERIT Task Force Executive Board, the DuPage County Children’s Center Advisory Board, and the Chicago FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
One of Toerpe’s many achievements as Chief includes his responsibility for security at the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, where over 130,000 people attended without incident.
With his extensive background in law enforcement, Toerpe has held various roles throughout his career, including Detective (Undercover Narcotics), Tactical Deputy, Patrol Deputy, SWAT Operator, and Corrections Deputy. He is also state certified as an instructor, with the ability to teach Basic Narcotics, Advanced Narcotics, Surveillance, Managing/Developing Informants, and Highway Interdiction/Vehicle Searches.
Toerpe’s exceptional work has been recognized by the International Narcotics Officer Association, the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, and with a Heroism Award.
McCarthy Byrnes is thrilled to welcome Robert Toerpe to the team, where his extensive knowledge and skills will further strengthen our ability to provide exceptional security services to our clients.
Director of Technology
As the Director of Technology for McCarthy Byrnes, Sabih Khan is responsible for leading the company’s technological innovation and advancement efforts. He is an experienced advisor and subject matter expert in technology within public safety and justice, with a focus on policing technologies. Sabih supports agencies at both strategic and operational levels, specifically within the areas of digital transformation, technology adoption, data analytics, and data management.
Before joining McCarthy Byrnes, Khan served as the Deputy Chief of the Strategic Initiatives Division at the Chicago Police Department, where he led a significant number of wide-ranging initiatives. Within this role, he developed and implemented a data analytics strategy and led the creation of the Strategic Data Analytics Division, consisting of four teams that completed the stated requirements of department-wide analysis set forth in the consent decree. He also oversaw the technology within the department’s world-renowned Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs), including technologies such as ShotSpotter, Genetec Cameras, License Plate Reader Systems, Tableau, and other tools utilized to conduct operations in some of the most challenging areas of the country.
Khan holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics and Data Mining from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Illinois. He currently teaches Crime Analysis & Data-Driven Policing courses to police leaders across the country for the University of Chicago CrimeLab’s Community Safety Leadership Academies.
With his extensive experience and academic background, Khan is dedicated to increasing McCarthy Byrnes’ technological capabilities and maintaining its position as a model security company that embraces the philosophy of reducing crime through data-driven security measures.
Roberto "Junior" Guerra
Director of Field Operations
Roberto “Junior” Guerra is the Director of Field Operations at McCarthy Byrnes, where he manages and supervises security operations. With 28 years of experience as a police officer, Guerra brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role.
Throughout his career, Guerra has served as a DARE officer, been assigned to the patrol division, Gang Tactical Unit, and investigations, and was a member of his department’s SWAT team and a multi-agency SWAT team as an operator and team leader.
Guerra was also assigned to a federal narcotics enforcement group for 11 years, where he worked on several high-profile cases and assisted federal, state, and local agencies in their investigations. As a certified instructor by the Illinois State Training & Standards Board for NEMRT, Guerra has testified as a narcotic and gang expert in the federal and local court system.
He is also a FEMA/Homeland Security active shooter instructor and an ALICE instructor for school active shooter training. Guerra has provided security active shooter training to several school districts and businesses.
In addition to his work at McCarthy Byrnes, Guerra is a certified TCCC and TECC instructor by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and works as a security/safety executive protection consultant providing security for celebrities, high-profile clients, and CEO’s.
With his extensive experience and training in law enforcement and security, Guerra is an invaluable asset to the team at McCarthy Byrnes. He is dedicated to ensuring that the company’s operations are safe, efficient, and of the highest quality, and works tirelessly to protect the clients we serve.
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