Ron "Cook" Barrett
Cook, as he is known to the youth, is a dynamic speaker who is a lecturer for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), and the East Coast Gang Investigators Association (ECGIA). He has presented for numerous Gang Investigator Association’s including New York, New Jersey, Northwest, Ontario, Colorado STING, Northern California, Midwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Virginia, Utah, International Latino and others. He has trained over 25,000 law enforcement officers and has also presented to over 30,000 youth, providing numerous seminars nationally and internationally, educating communities and law enforcement agencies on identifying and preventing gangs and their effects on the community. He is a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) focusing on assisting inmate re-entry and a certified Thinking for a Change Specialist (T4C) training parolee and probation clients with transitional services.
He was presented with the 2001 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Governor’s Dr. King Leadership Award for 2004, the 2008 New Jersey Gang Investigator’s Association award for his Outstanding Prevention and Intervention efforts, the 2009 New York State Department of Health Community Service and Leadership Award, the 2010 Lasallian Service Award for his outstanding contribution through community service, the 2015 Frank Chapman Memorial Institute’s, Capital Districts Men of Valor Award and the 2019 Y Black and Latino Adult Achiever’s Award.