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John F. Shinkowsky, CPP, is the founder of SHINKOWSKY INVESTIGATIONS. Following is some information regarding his background.

Law Enforcement Experience
John attended the Municipal Police Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated at the top of his academy class, receiving awards for Academic Excellence and Highest Overall Average (including academic, physical fitness, and firearms). He began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Tower City (Pennsylvania) Police Department. John reached the rank of Sergeant with that police agency.

John then accepted a position with the Elizabethville (Pennsylvania) Police Department. John was subsequently promoted to Chief of Police and served in that position for ten years. He was an active member of the Dauphin County Accident Reconstruction Team, the DUI Task Force, and the Police Communications Advisory Committee. As Chief, John's leadership resulted in the police department being awarded a Governor's Highway Safety Award, an International Association of Chiefs of Police Chiefs Challenge Award, National Safety Belt Honor Roll, and a Traffic Safety Education Award. During his tenure as Chief, John received various acknowledgements by the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police. John has also received the Distinguished Police Service Award.

John has investigated thousands of criminal incidents during his law enforcement career.


Private Security/Investigation Experience
After his law enforcement career, John worked for a Pennsylvania private investigation agency. During his tenure at that agency, the company saw tremendous growth and became licensed in eight additional states. John worked his way up through various positions, including Shift Supervisor, Project Manager, and Director of Investigations. When John left that firm, he held the position of Vice President.

John has conducted many investigations in the private sector. These investigations include insurance fraud, white collar crime, theft, accident investigation, background investigations, product diversion, and surveillance.

John is experienced in providing security services for a variety of situations. He has supervised officers during high threat security details including events targeted by domestic terrorists. John has supervised security at several sites deemed valuable to the security of the United States, including serving as Project Manager for armed security at one such site. John has also provided executive protection to corporate executives and celebrities.


John has extensive formal training in a variety of criminal investigation and crime prevention areas. He has received training in homicide/death investigation, child abuse, accident reconstruction, drug identification and investigation, crime scene processing, computer/internet crime, fraud, terrorism, security surveys, and background investigations. He has also completed the Advanced Course on the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation as well as the Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) course. John also has been trained in Executive Protection by the United States Secret Service.


John has been a presenter of various training courses to law enforcement, security, and related agencies personnel. He was a certified Chemical Aerosol Sprays instructor and a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Crash Reporting instructor. He has instructed Accident Investigation at the Public Safety Center of Harrisburg Area Community College. John also provided numerous in-service training programs to law enforcement and security personnel.


John is Board Certified in Security Management, having obtained the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation. Throughout the world, the CPP designation is acknowledged as the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners. It is evidence that an individual is "Board Certified in Security Management". The CPP is awarded based upon experience and passage of an examination that provides an objective measure of an individual's broad-based knowledge and competency in security management. Ongoing professional development is required in order to maintain the credential. The CPP is administered by ASIS International, the preeminent international organization for security professionals, with 32,000 members worldwide.

John also holds the following certifications:

        Accident Reconstruction
        Certified Agent, Lethal Weapons Training Act 235
        Certified Inspection Mechanic, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Class 4)
        First Aid and CPR
        OC (Pepper) Spray


Community Service
John has served on the following boards and committees:
        American Red Cross, North Schuylkill Chapter
        Dauphin County Technical School Law Enforcement Advisory Committee
        Schuylkill Community Health Services
        Upper Dauphin Area Drug Free School and Community Advisory Council
        Upper Dauphin Human Services Center


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