Dec. 10, 2021

58: Effective Prevention of School Shootings, with Chief Tony Pustizzi and Detective Rich Wistocki

58:  Effective Prevention of School Shootings, with Chief Tony Pustizzi and Detective Rich Wistocki

In the wake of the recent Oxford Michigan High School shooting, the guys from 3CT are joined by their guests, Retired Chief Tony Pustizzi of the Coral Springs (FL) Police Department and Cyber Crimes Detective Rich Wistocki to discuss some preventive measures to help avoid these tragedies. They examine the need for properly trained and certified School Resource Officers that can effectively interact with school staff, administrators and parents. Also explored are some of Chief Pustizzi’s experiences during the infamous 2018 Parkland school shooting and Detective Wistocki’s knowledge in forecasting and stopping potential threats.   

About the guests:

Chief Tony Pustizzi (retired) began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1988. Over his 30-year tenure, he supervised every unit within the agency with a strong emphasis on investigations, including homicide and special victims. Tony served on the SWAT team for 15 years where the last eight he was team commander. Tony rose through the ranks to ultimately become chief of police in 2012. He also served as the city’s interim city manager and retired in March 2018 as the chief of police/deputy city manager. In January 2019, Tony came out of retirement to serve as the special counsel to the new sheriff of Broward County upon his appointment by the governor of the state of Florida.

During the school massacre on February 14, 2018, where a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and killed 17 innocent people and injured another 17 students, Chief Pustizzi, along with members of his agency, arrived at the school within minutes of being notified and was instrumental in organizing a complex law enforcement approach, including stopping and capturing the killer and extracting victims from within the school was initiated.

Tony now conducts trainings nationwide on school and workplace violence preparedness as he is a firm believer that seconds save lives and can attest that the Hero911 app for police would have alerted his officers minutes earlier, possibly saving lives during the incident he was directly involved in. 

Child crime expert Detective Richard Wistocki has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators.  As an active Cyber Crimes Detective he educates Law Enforcement using cutting edge investigative techniques and Parents and Students on responsible digital activity.

  • 30 year, decorated member of Law Enforcement
  • 23 year SWAT team member
  • Authored the State of Illinois Sexting Law
  • Authored the State of Illinois Sexual Exploitation of a Child Law
  • Member of The United States Secret Service Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force (CECTF)
  • Member of The Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC)
  • High Technology Crimes Detective, Naperville Ill.   
  • Formed the Will County Illinois States Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit that made over 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3 ½ years. 

Created Juvenile Justice Online, a first of its kind diversion program redefining the future of positive juvenile reform.