Mike Brooks is a consultant for IN SESSION and serves as a law enforcement analyst. He is a freelance journalist/analyst and security and law enforcement consultant for police and fire departments, government agencies and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.
Brooks served 26 years with Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department, retiring in 1999 as a detective with the Intelligence Division. During his tenure, he helped develop the department's hostage negotiation and hate crimes programs. For the last six years of his service, he represented the department on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, responding to and investigating terrorist incidents worldwide, including the attacks on Khobar Towers in Daharan, Saudi Arabia; the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; the bombings of Olympic Centennial Park and Pan Am 103; and the crash of TWA Flight 800.
He later worked as a senior instructor in counter-terrorism with the Security Specialties Division of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and as the general manager of Delta Airline's abusive passenger and workplace violence programs for its corporate security department.
Brooks first joined CNN in June 2001 as a terrorism and law enforcement analyst and was part of the CNN teams that covered the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. He also serves as a substitute anchor and regular law enforcement analyst for HLN's "Nancy Grace" and "Prime News."
A nationally certified crisis intervener, Brooks received the D.C. City Council's Proclamation for Heroism for a 1985 situation involving a barricaded subject shooting at police and the public. He has also received more than 170 other commendations from law enforcement officials, prosecutors and citizens. He has served as an instructor and lecturer at George Washington University; American University; the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the U.S. Capitol Police; and the Department of Justice, among others.
Brooks was an assistant volunteer fire chief and EMT in Fairfax County, Virginia, with expertise in fire suppression, hazardous materials and structural collapse, as well as heavy, ice and swift-water rescue.