Darren Gil has a unique combination of career experience coupled with teaching experience resulting in a unique merger of academic and practical expertise. Dr. Gil received his Ph.D. in International Development, with a Security Studies concentration, from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland.
Soon after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Dr. Gil served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). In 1987, he resigned from the LVMPD to take a commission as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury. He retired from the Department of Justice in 2010. During his service as a Special Agent he served as Chief, Counterterrorism Division; Federal Bureau of Investigation National Security Branch Liaison; National Joint Terrorism Task Force Representative; Special Agent in Charge –Special Operations and Attaché – Mexico.
He has taught a variety of security related courses at various institutions across the country and around the world, including International Law Enforcement Academies, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Among the topics he has presented are domestic and international terrorism, border security, gun-drug interdiction and gang investigations.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Motorcycling, classic cars and the blues.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
Assisting working students with fulfilling their career objectives.