Episode 064: James Gagliano – Drug Gangs, Safe Streets, and Basketball

Retired agent James Gagliano served in the FBI for nearly 25 years. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was a commissioned officer in the Army before joining the Bureau. During his FBI career, “Jimmy” Gagliano worked organized crime, was a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT – the FBI’s elite counter-terror unit), participated in numerous overseas deployments, and lead the FBI New York Office SWAT Team. He was awarded the FBI’s Medal for Bravery for actions while serving on the SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gagliano is interviewed about his role as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of the New York Division’s Hudson Valley Resident Agency and establishing the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. He also talks about the importance of community policing and how he used his role as basketball coach to encourage, motivate and mentor “at risk” kids. His multi-agency unit received the “Top Gang Unit” award by the New York Gang Investigator’s Association, and the “True American Hero” award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for their multiple high profile prosecutions of violent street gangs. Gagliano’s last two assignments, were as the acting Legal Attaché in Mexico City and as the Chief of Staff/Special Assistant to the Assistant-Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Division. Since retiring, he has become a sought-after speaker on the topics of “Leadership” and “Combating the Gang Culture” and frequently appears as a guest law enforcement analyst on CNN and other television news programs.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

James A. Gagliano

2/10/1991 – 12/31/2015









James Gagliano has been featured on TV and in news article for his work as a “crime fighter” and basketball coach and mentor for “at risk” youth.  Here’s are links to a few of those stories:

NBC NYFBI Agent Helping To “Save” Children of Newburgh (VIDEO)

Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York

The New York Times – An F.B.I. Raid in Newburgh (SLIDESHOW)

People to Watch 2012: James Gagliano, Orange County FBI Agent, Newburgh, NY

James Gagliano in front of the Newburgh Boys & Girls Club, circa 2010-2011.













Jimmy Gagliano with his Newburgh Boys & Girls Club Boys Hoops Club team in 2009.









James Gagliano on North Miller Street in Newburgh, NY, during the time he was running the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, 2011. (Photo credit: Joseph Rodriguez)











Jimmy Gagliano talks to federal, state and local law enforcement officers preparing for a raid.



James Gagliano is a frequent commenter about FBI related issues on CNN, HLN and other TV news networks.











Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. SueMay 1, 2017

    I have been trying to sign up for your newsletter since March. Unsure why I continue to get an error

    1. Jerri WilliamsMay 1, 2017

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  2. Jim HarrisApril 24, 2017

    Hi Jerri, I really enjoy your podcast interviews every week. I wanted to see if sometime in the future you would be able to interview an agent that was involved in the Ruby Ridge case. It would be interesting to hear an agents take on what happened there, and what was going through their minds as the timeline unfolded. Thanks for the great job you’re doing.

    1. Jerri WilliamsApril 25, 2017

      Good suggestion. I’m sure there’s a lot I don’t know about the case either. I’ll see what I can find out and let you know. Thanks for listening!


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