About the Author
Major (honorably retired as of April 2010) Michael Ronczkowski served the citizens of Miami-Dade County Florida and Miami-Dade Police Department for nearly 27 years. He rose through all the Civil Service Ranks serving as a Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain before his appointment to Major in the spring of 2006. His assignments consisted of 19 years of investigations to include; burglary, auto theft, assault, robbery, fugitives and homeland security which included the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Major Ronczkowski retired after serving four years as the Department's Homeland Security Bureau Commander and Director of the Miami-Dade Fusion Center a DHS recognized center that he initiated. He commanded and managed 80 multi-discipline personnel on homeland security and terrorism-related investigations at the Fusion Center which served South Florida. Major Ronczkowski also served as the Chair of the County's Terrorism Advisory Committee (TAC), member of the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force (SERDSTF), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program and Urban Area Work Group (UAWG) board member for Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, and Major Cities Chiefs Association Intelligence Commanders Group advisor. He also maintained high level national security clearances and credentials with the Miami Office of the FBI JTTF. Major Ronczkowski has testified before both the U.S. Senate and Congress on matters related to Islamic Extremism and Emergency Response.Major Ronczkowski holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University as well as being a graduate of the FBI's National Academy, Session 217. He is the author of several publications to include two text books published with CRC Press titled Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime and co-author of the article Tactical / Investigative Analysis of Targeted Crimes, published by the National Institute of Justice in the Advanced Crime Mapping Topics book sponsored by the Crime Mapping and Analysis Program as well as three contributing articles for various encyclopedias. Major Ronczkowski is also an established instructor on matters related to homeland security, intelligence, analysis, and a certified GIS instructor with ESRI. He served eight years as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University teaching terrorism and has been an instructor for the Alpha Group Center for Crime and Intelligence Analysis for nearly 10 years.