David Cid is a founding partner in Praxis LLC, providing critical incident management and security consultation to corporate leadership. He is also Director of the Homeland Security Institute at Rose State College, developing a series of college level Counterterrorism courses. From 2006 to 2014 he was Executive Director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, a nonprofit training and professional development center serving the line officer. The police training program developed by Mr. Cid has been used by over 450 agencies nationwide, to include the NYPD.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2006 as Deputy Director, Mr. Cid was President of Salus International, a consulting practice providing Security, Crisis Management, and Business Continuity services. Clients included the United States Army, the FBI, the Department of State, and Fortune 500 companies. For two years, he was an advisor to foreign governments on counterterrorism in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Mr. Cid is a 20-year veteran of the FBI, where he served as a counterterrorism specialist. He was a member of the FBI International Crisis Response Team, and while assigned to the New York field office, a member of the FBI Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Mr. Cid has been on-scene commander in extortions, kidnappings, and acts of terrorism and has led special events security planning for the World Series, the Special Olympics, and the U.S. Open. In 1996, he supervised the first successful investigation and prosecution under the Biological Weapons Antiterrorism Act, interdicting a plot to assassinate federal and local officials. A native of New York, Mr. Cid joined the FBI in 1981, retiring as an Inspector and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office. Prior to his FBI service, he was a Human Resources specialist for AT&T. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, honorably discharged. Recent publications include “Understanding Counterterrorism A Guide for Law Enforcement, Policy Makers and Media,” available on Amazon.