Retired Agent Vincent McNally served in the FBI for 31 years. He was first hired as a clerical employee and two years later received an appointment to the special agent position. During his agent career, he conducted and led investigations in general criminal violations, espionage, terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, and drug violations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Vince McNally reviews a hostage negotiation case in Honolulu, Hawaii involving a workplace violence situation. Vince and I also have an open and honest conversation about the stress and trauma experienced by law enforcement personnel, how it affects their work and home life, and results in a higher incidence of suicide. Later in his career, he became an instructor in Crisis (Hostage) Negotiations and Program Manager for the FBI’s Critical Incident Stress Management teams at the FBI Academy. Vince retired after serving as Unit Chief of the Employee Assistance Unit (EAU) at FBI Headquarters. Currently, Vince serves on the Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (National Center for Crisis Management). He is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Board Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management (ATSM), and Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response (B.C.E.C.R.) He is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). He can be reached via his LinkedIn profile, where he regularly posts articles on critical incidents, trauma, and stress.
Unit Chief (Retired)
Vincent John McNally
The following are newspaper article and photos providing details about the hostage negotiation case Vince worked while assigned to the Honolulu Division:
Vince currently works to help law enforcement deal with trauma and stress. Here’s the 10 Point Suicide Reduction Program he mentioned during the interview.