Vincent Guastamacchia is a retired Detective and Hostage Negotiator with the New York City Police Department. Promoted to Detective in 2002 Vincent was assigned as an Undercover Detective in the Narcotics Division tasked with purchasing narcotics for the Police Department. His career progression took him through such assignments as the Counter Terrorism Division and The Detective Bureau where he was assigned as an Investigator in two local precinct Detective Squads. His responsibilities included solving crimes like missing persons, robberies, larcenies, burglaries and assaults – both shootings and homicides. His most notable investigative assignment was with the Major Case Squad where his investigative responsibility shifted towards solving big money white-collar crimes, police involved shootings and kidnappings throughout New York City. Vincent personally conducted over a thousand investigations, including nine kidnappings, with 100% recovery.
As a member of The New York City’s Hostage Negotiation Team, Vincent was present at the scenes of multiple hostage situations, attempted suicides, barricaded perpetrator scenes and emotionally disturbed persons cases. As a negotiator, it was Vincent’s responsibility to initiate communication with the individuals, develop a rapport and persuade them to consider alternative options. Vincent successfully negotiated 27 hostage situations without injury or loss of life.
While with the NYPD, Vincent was trained in Dignitary Protection and was responsible for the personal security of Dignitaries, Heads of State and Foreign Ministers, including Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 during his visit to New York.