Chief Investigator Michael Ruggiero started his law enforcement career as a NYS correction officer in Sing Sing prison, where he was assigned infamous to “B” Block. He was quickly selected to become an investigator on the elite Escape and Absconder Unit, where he re-captured NYS inmates (on the streets of the Bronx and Manhattan) wanted on escape warrants. After a several years, Mike joined the NYPD and was assigned SATCOM Brooklyn North, both the 77th precinct and Brooklyn North Task force (disorder control unit. He worked on several enforcement units that focused on North Brooklyn’s violent street crimes. Mike was assigned to detective track in the Brooklyn North Warrant squad, was selected as a detective investigator in the original Fugitive Enforcement Division citywide Violent Felony Squad. Mike, along with his team were responsible for the apprehension of 6 of NYC top 10 most wanted and resultantly was awarded to prestigious Chief of Detectives award/pin.
Mike was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Brooklyn North’s 73rd precinct. He shortly became one of the precinct’s anti-crime sergeants, where he and his team were one of the top 3 anti-crime teams in NYPD (2003-2004), making over 42 gun arrests and seizures in a 1 year period. After a couple of years, Mike was reassigned to the detective bureau as a detective sergeant, initially the 62-detective squad as a second whip, and eventually appointed by the Chief of Detective’s to commander of the 66th precinct detective squad. During his time as a detective sergeant, Mike was once again awarded the Chief of Detectives award for the take-down of a pattern burglary ring which included the burglary of over 25 cell phone stores and the consequent shipment of the stolen phones to the Middle East.
After retiring in 2007, Mike became an adjunct professor for CUNY in the Law and Police Science Department at John Jay College, concentrating in teaching criminal investigations. Moreover, he worked for the intelligence community as a National Security Background Investigator, and since 2014 has worked for the Department of Justice as a Special Investigator (for two agencies within the department).
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Adelphi University, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. During his career, he received over 40 departmental medals, and numerous other awards. He is a lifelong member of the NYPD SBA, Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society) and the President of the National Association of Certified Background Investigators.
Kate Thompson is General Counsel to the nationally known security and investigations company, Beau Dietl & Associates (“BDA”), and to its Chairman, Richard “Bo” Dietl. Ms. Thompson has been with BDA since 2009, and was appointed General Counsel in 2016.
In this role, she is responsible for directing and advising all divisions of the company on legal matters, including contractual relationships, litigation support and corporate compliance. Ms. Thompson plays an integral role in formulating and implementing BDA’s internal policies and procedures. Ms. Thompson also oversees the legal affairs and business relations of the Chairman, Richard “Bo” Dietl.
Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice law in New York and is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association, Women’s Bar Association of The State of New York and the New York State Bar Association.
Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science from The State University of New York at Albany. She majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Financial Analysis, and graduated cum laude and recognized on the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students. In 2009, Ms. Thompson received her Juris Doctorate from Touro Law.