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School, and Business Professionals


Jim Varick is a Detective Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit.                                                               He has been a member of the New Jersey State Police for fourteen years and a                                                                           member of the Bomb Unit for eleven years. As part of his current assignment he is                                                                     also deputized as Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm,                                                                    and Explosives (BATFE) for the Newark Field Office. Jim also serves as an instructor                                                             for Kean University within their Fire Safety Training Program. He teaches a course,                                                                     that he developed, entitled Bomb Threat Management and Response.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University and a Master of Arts Degree in Homeland Security from American Public University.  Along with numerous other professional and technical certifications, he is certified as an International Post Blast Investigator (CIPBI) by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. In addition, he is also certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) by the National Association of Fire Investigators. 

Jim is currently the supervisor of the North Squad of New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit. His responsibilities include conducting render safe operations for incidents involving hazardous devices, technical support of SWAT operations, dignitary/VIP explosive sweeps, and investigating post blast scenes. He has operated in a supervisory capacity for numerous incidents and  a number of high profile venues including Super Bowl XLVII, WrestleMania 29, and the 2015 PGA Barclay’s Tournament. 

Jim is actively engaged in the training and outreach mission of the NJSP Arson/Bomb Unit.  He has provided instruction to thousands of Federal, State, County, and Local First Responders along civilians in the private sector. The topics of instruction have included explosives and explosive effects, IED awareness, homemade explosives, IED response, and bomb threat management.  He has served as an instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their Post Blast Investigation Course and the BATFE in their Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques Course.  Jim also developed a training program at the request of the New Jersey Department of Education to address the growing swatting/bomb threat environment that has plagued many New Jersey schools. To date, over one thousand school administrators and personnel have attended the program.

In addition to his law enforcement career, Jim has been a volunteer firefighter for nineteen years. He rose through the ranks of his department and served as a Chief for four years.  Through his volunteer work and career Jim has responded to several thousand incidents.  As a result, he has earned immeasurable experience in emergency response as both an operator and on-scene incident commander. 

Palestra Group International

​Training for Today's Law Enforcement and Education Professionals

Palestra Group International (PGI) is a New York based law enforcement training group providing detailed and comprehensive lectures addressing current trends in criminality; specifically street gangs, narcotics trafficking and vehicular/residential concealment.

Comprised of a skilled team of Federal, State and Regional Law Enforcement professionals currently operational in their field of expertise, each lecturer provides training that details current trends, specific knowledge of the subject matter and the officer safety issues for their respective topic.

Palestra Group International can provide an in-service hosted seminar on site for your members of service & guests. Hosted training is a smart choice for law enforcement agencies who are limited by budgeted funds or geographic location. It  offers flexibility and significant cost savings while providing current and relevant training. 

David T. Gamble has been taking photographs his entire life. In 1991, Dave joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office as an investigator. Here, he spent 17 years processing crime scenes with a specialty in forensic photography.  During this time, Dave was responsible for upgrading the office from film based photography to digital imaging, which became the department’s standard.

Dave Gamble has conducted trainings for agencies around the United States, for local and state and federal law enforcement agencies and international agencies including the South African Police Service. He is certified as a Forensic Photographer and Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification. Dave retired as a Sergeant with the Monmouth County Prosecutors office and now conducts forensic photography training in addition to providing forensic photography services to the legal community. Dave welcomes the opportunity to share his experiences and knowledge with this audience.