Biography

Luis Velazco has been involved in all aspects of the field of fire investigation, post blast scene investigation and critical incident scene and case management for the past thirty years. He is a nationally and internationally known lecturer on effective investigative techniques and solutions for, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, Insurance Industry and Legal Professions. His expertise includes Fire Origin and Cause Determination, Post Blast Scene Investigation, Large Loss Investigation Management, Curriculum Development, SIU Training, Subrogation and Fraud Investigation.

Professional Experience
Appointed Police Officer, Hartford, Connecticut Department of Police Services (1971)
Appointed Investigator, Hartford, Connecticut Department of Police Services (1976)
Appointed Special Agent, United States Department of the Treasury, BATF (1978)
Assigned to the Bureau of ATF - National Response Team (1986)
ATF Certified Explosives Specialist, Cert. No. 86-24 (1986)
ATF Certified Fire Investigator, Cert. No. 02-15 (1991)
State of Connecticut Certified Fire Investigator (1991)
Assigned to the Bureau of ATF - International Response Team (1991)
Assigned to the ATF National Acade - Explosives Training Manager (1997)
Promoted to the ATF Acade Arson / Explosives Programs Manager (2001)
Has conducted over 1500 Origin and Cause Scene Investigations, including high profile cases such as DuPont Plaza Fire, UNABOM Investigation, L.A. Riots Fires, TWA Flt 800 Investigation, Abortion Clinic Bombing, Birmingham, AL and the U.S. Pentagon Incident of Sept 11, 2001

Teaching Experience and Accomplishments
Course Developer and Instructor in Federal, State, Local and International Fire, Post Blast, Prosecutors and Insurance Investigators Training programs delivered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, GA since 1997.
Instructor at Ct. Municipal Police Training Center, Meriden Conn., The Hartford Police Training Acade and The New Haven Police Training Acade. Lectured at the University of New Haven, Div. of Special Studies (Fire Sciences Program), and Yale University School of Law, prosecutions intern program. The New York Fire Dept. Training Acade, New England Associations of Fire Marshals. The Connecticut Chapter IAAI, annual training seminar. Rhode Island Chapter of IAAI, annual training seminar. Florida Chapter IAAI annual training seminar.
International Training Experience Developed and delivered a broad spectrum of educational programs on various fire scene investigations topics and live  fire demonstrations in the following countries Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica. Developed and delivered post blast scene investigation programs to International student who traveled to the U.S. as part of an International Post Blast Instruction program arrangement with the United States, Department of State, for former Soviet Bloc  Countries as well as Central America and South American Countries.

Honors and Awards
United States Department of the Treasury Albert Gallatin Award  for citizenship (2004)
United States Department of the Treasury High Quality Award  (2001)
(For work at the ATF National Acade New Professional Training Program)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Act or Service Award  (1999)
(For work at the ATF National Acade New Professional Training Program)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Act or Service Award  (1997)
(For work on the investigation of the TWA Flight 800 airplane crash)
Connecticut Chapter of IAAI Distinguished Service Award  (1994)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Act or Service Award  (1992)
(For work in Los Angeles California during the LA Riots Fires)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Act or Service Award  (1991)
(For work on the Bureau of ATF s Drug Fires Program)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Achievement Award  (89 and 90)
(For investigative work at the Hartford Connecticut Post of Duty)
United States Department of the Treasury Special Achievement Award  (1987)
(For investigative work on the Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire)
Certificate of Recognition from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1987)
Re Dupont Plaza Fire, a major hotel fire where 94 people lost their lives.

Education and Certifications
Manchester Conn. Community College, Criminal Justice Degree (1976)
Central Conn. State University, Political Science (98 credit hours)
University of Maryland, Fire Sciences (12 credit hours)
Certified Explosives Specialist, ATF Cert. No. 86-24
Certified Fire Investigator, ATF Cert. No. 02-15
U.S. Department of State tested fluent  in Spanish (2001)
F.L.E.T.C. Certified Law Enforcement Instructor (2004)
F.L.E.T.C. Certified Firearms Training Instructor (2002)
Recognition, as an expert witness  in the Federal District Court of Connecticut and Western District of Massachusetts.

Member
International Association Arson Investigators
International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention
Georgia Fire Investigators Association