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.


Cook is one of the BEST presenter’s I have ever seen on the topic of gangs. Energetic, passionate, and very knowledgeable. A motivator who CARES about our youth and their future.
— Terrell Boykins , Educator, Brooklyn, NY
Your presentation was exciting, dynamic and informative. Truly, all of us learned a great deal about the issues, and how powerful advocates as yourself can make a difference in the field.
— Dr. Pearl Fisk, Fordham University
I want to thank you again for today’s training, it’s not often I see someone as passionate, knowledgeable, and as convicted as you. You BELIEVE in what you do and I felt it. Thank you!
— Jordan Feldman, Lakewood, Washington, Police Dept.
One of the BEST presentations I have experienced in a long time. Cook Barrett is an UNREAL presenter with unmatched passion. VERY POWERFUL. Everyone should see him.
— Chris Cline, Washington County, Maryland, School Administrator