Lieutenant – Commander Detective Squad, Commanding Officer – Hostage Negotiation Team (Retired)
Jack Cambria is a recently retired member of the New York City Police Department, who has contributed 33 ½ years of exemplary service. He has served for 16 years in the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), whose primary focus is to provide Rescue, SWAT, and Counter-Terrorism services to the City of New York. He was assigned to ESU in the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has extensive experience and certifications in all facets of these operations, and is a New York State Certified Police Instructor.
He holds numerous awards for bravery and dedicated service. He has responded to and served on many high profile assignments, such as both World Trade Center disasters, plane crashes, and a variety of hostage and barricade situations with particularly violent and suicidal individuals. He also served as the Rescue Team Manager on the FEMA-Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
Because of his solid foundation of achievements, Jack was assigned to command the agencies elite Hostage Negotiation Team. His duties consisted of coordinating the efforts of over 100 negotiators, who responded throughout New York City to all hostage related assignments.
He was responsible for the training and certification of all new negotiators and refresher training of all the current members of the team. Jack has conducted in-service training for many international, federal, state and local law enforcement and corporate agencies.
In 2006, he and some selected members of his team were dispatched to the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to conduct hostage negotiation training for members of the United States Joint Task Force. He has also served as a technical consultant in the entertainment industry, where he advised on the major motion pictures, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man II’ and additionally for the television series, ‘Life on Mars’, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Elementary’, and currently ‘The Mysteries of Laura’.
Jack has authored several scholarly articles on negotiations and has achieved his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he serves as an adjunct professor.
Director of Studies at ISN and negotiator
He is devoting particular attention to the subjects of internationalization and management of intercultural relations in business and trade. In particular Arik focuses on management in a chaotic environment, decision making in challenging and crisis situation, saving assets, improving contents and focusing on goals in commercial and business negotiations.
He cooperates with Boards of Directors and HR managers as consultant for directors and organizations in sensitive internal and external business negotiations for mergers, acquisitions, generational shifts, trade unions negotiations and re-organizations.
Since March 2014 Arik has worked as professor in the Master’s program in Negotiation Techniques and Tools at the Alta Scuola di Formazione (Center for Higher Education) at the Cattolica University of Milan.
Since October 2014 he has been a Visiting Professor for the project “Negotiation in Mediation” at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergamo.
In October 2014 he was Invited Professor at the University of Barcellona on professional competences to create consensus (Competències Professionals Per A La Construcció De Consens) (2014 – 2015).
Qualification awarded: Master Degree at Barcellona University (Universitat Barcellona).
Since January 2015 he has been an Associated Professor at SAFM Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management (Center for Higher Education in Management) in Turin at the MBA program Collège des Ingénieurs – Master in Management & Business Administration.
Arik has double Italian and Israeli citizenship, he is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan and specialized in psychotherapy for drug addicted individuals.
Today Arik cooperates with the Department of Genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and he is particularly sensitive and committed to research on embryonic stem cells in the University labs.
Hebrew: mother tongue
Arik also knows sign language as his parents are hearing impaired.
Arik has three daughters: Leanna (1984), Samira (1986), Keren (1989) and four grandchildren: Miriam (2012), Giacomo (2013), Noa (2016) and Edith (2017).
He lives in Milan, but he often travels abroad for work.