August Presenter: Ricky Fernandez

“Liars & Criminal Personalities”SPECIAL AGENT (SA) RICARDO E. FERNANDEZ, FBI (Retired)SA Ricardo “Rickey” Fernandez’ law enforcement career dates back inexcess of 39 years. He was formerly a police officer with the New Orleans PoliceDepartment from 1969 until 1981. In January, 1982, he joined the Naval CriminalInvestigative Service (NCIS) as a Special Agent and was transferred to the U.S.Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, California. He subsequently joined the FBIin February, 1985. As an FBI agent, he was transferred to the Tampa (Florida)Division where he worked for over 4 years. He was again transferred to New YorkCity and worked there for over 3 years and was eventually transferred back to NewOrleans in June, 1992, and subsequently retired from federal service in November2004 with 25-years of federal service. His primary duties with the FBI includedForeign Counter Intelligence (FCI) responsibilities. At the time of his retirementfrom the FBI, he was also an EEO counselor and an EEO mediator.

SA Fernandez is a General Police Instructor and has taught “Interviewing and Interrogation” classes for the past 15 years. SA Fernandez has specialized histeaching of interviewing techniques with an emphasis on “Kinesic and Neuro-linguistic Interviewing” to a broad-ranged audience of local, state and federal lawenforcement officers. He has taught numerous police academy and post-academyclasses and conferences including having taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico,Va. He has been a frequent guest speaker at the Louisiana State Police academy andhe has lectured extensively to many federal agencies including the US StateDepartment Passport Agency, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), theTransportation Safety Administration (TSA), the Federal Bureau of Prisons, theEqual Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department ofJustice. Additionally, he has taught interviewing techniques to private securitypersonnel with various corporate entities including BellSouth, Avondale Industries,Ochsner Clinic Foundation and numerous banking and financial institutions. SAFernandez has previously lectured on workplace violence and criminal personalities.

SA Fernandez’s academic background includes having graduated cum laudewith a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University and he alsoholds two master’s degrees, a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies from theUniversity of New Orleans and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from TheUniversity of Alabama. He is an adjunct professor at Tulane University’s School ofContinuing Studies where he teaches a course entitled “Professional Interviewing.”