Mr. Todd McGhee is an international speaker on counter-terrorism, violent extremism and a highly respected authority in the field of proactive threat mitigation strategies for securing critical infrastructures. Upon completion of writing and developing the Behavior Observation Program Development Course for the Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, Mr. McGhee lead the piloted the course in Kingston Jamaica on September 21 - 25, 2015 which was hosted by the U.S. Embassy. He started his law enforcement career in 1987 and is retired from the Massachusetts Department of State Police after serving twenty four successful years in public safety. Since 9-11 he has used his expertise proactively to combat and deter the threat of violent extremism targeted against mass transit environments, category X international airports, health care facilities, sport event venues, maritime operations, houses’ of worship, schools and Las Vegas casinos.
Today, Mr. McGhee serves as Managing Partner of Protecting the Homeland Innovations, LLC training firm (PHI, LLC) where he has authored the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Training System® and the Security Awareness and Vigilance for Everyone™ (S.A.V.E.™) course curriculums which are approved training courses sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and appear in the DHS/FEMA State Sponsored Course Catalogue positioning his training firm as the only privately held DHS approved course to train behavior analytics methods to federal grant recipient agencies. Additionally Mr. McGhee has authored, developed and successfully delivered the Active Shooter Awareness course designed to prepare civilians and private security professionals for the unthinkable.
In the start of his second career he has made several appearances on Fox 25 News as a commentator and still provides insight on international and domestic terrorist related case studies, active shooter, school safety, cyber-crime, and police use of force issues. Due to his outstanding groundbreaking work, he has been featured in Time Magazine as a member of Logan Airport Homeland Security detail where he has served as one the lead trainers of the State Police Anti-Terrorism Unit. In acknowledgement of his pioneering work, he has also been featured on ABC Nightline in a segment titled “Deceit Detectives,” which demonstrated Logan Airport as the safest airport in the United States.
Mr. McGhee has held a seat on the Monadnock Police Training Advisory Board since May 2005 and prior to his retirement, he was assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Troop F Headquarters at Logan International Airports Massport Authority as a specially trained officer and lead trainer of their Anti-Terrorism Unit. Mr. McGhee served as the former Defensive Tactics Coordinator for the Department of State Police, a role he had held since 1998. Mr. McGhee also consults privately as an expert witness in Use of Force related matters, defending police departments and law enforcement professionals against excessive force claims.
Privately Mr. McGhee has been privileged to consult with hundreds of agencies and trained thousands of frontline civilian employees, private sector professionals and public safety professionals at the federal, state, and local level from agencies including Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Air Marshals Service, USSS, Naval Intelligence Agency, TSA, Boston PD, MBTA and NYPD Counter-Terrorism Division to name a few.
As a highly dedicated and ambitious professional, he thrives on imparting his knowledge and expertise as a trainer/instructor and is committed to helping lessen the dangers of potentially hazardous and life-threatening situations. To that end, he works closely with governmental agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels of jurisdiction. Mr. McGhee’s Massachusetts training firm is based in Braintree, MA and is registered as a GSA Schedule holder, positioning his firm as a prime contractor for government contracting opportunities.
Mr. McGhee earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. As a sought after professional, his experience in planning, implementing, training and executing highly effective tactical training programs has made him an invaluable pacesetter with a remarkable talent for achieving extraordinary results.