FBINAA New York State & Eastern Canada Chapter

Representing members of the FBI National Academy Associates
from New York State and the Eastern Provinces of Canada

Executive Board Bios

Past President

Mitchell Paurowski

Mitch Paurowski has been a police officer in various capacities for 35 years, retiring with the rank of captain in 2011 from the City of Troy Police Department.  That same year, Mitch went on to take a full-time position teaching for the College of St. Rose, School of Criminal Justice.  In 2012, Mitch applied for and was offered his current position as an investigator with the Investigations Division of the NYS Office of the Attorney General, where his duties primarily deal with investigating public corruption and with deaths involving unarmed civilians when encountered by the police.
Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY.
In 2007, Mitch attended and graduated from the F. B.I. N.A. Session 228 and has been an active member of the New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter since that time.  Mitch resides in the Capital Region with his wife and their two daughters.

William Leahy

Lieutenant William Leahy began his law enforcement career 30 years ago with the New York City Police Department in 1985 serving in patrol, anti-crime and Narcotics units.
In October 1990 he joined the Nassau County Police Department, after three years of patrol he was assigned to the newly formed Problem Oriented Policing Unit in the Fifth Precinct.  Lt. Leahy was promoted to Detective in 2000 and then Sergeant assigned to the night platoon.  Currently, Lt. Leahy is serving as the Administrative Supervisor of The Homeland Security – Emergency Preparedness Unit in the Tactical Field Services Bureau. Lt. Leahy has served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of Community Affairs, Homeland Security, and Counter-Terrorism< Bureau and the Commanding Officer of The Homeland Security Unit.  During that time he was promoted to Detective Sergeant.
A graduate of the 227th session of the FBI National Academy Lieutenant Leahy in addition to his duties in Homeland Security - Emergency Preparedness is serving as the Security Police Information Network (SPIN) coordinator.   SPIN has been called “a model for America” by ASIS International leadership in Washington, “a best practice in action” by a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Private Sector Office, Lt. Leahy was the project leader for the Illegal Massage Parlors / Houses of Prostitution program. The program was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was a semi-finalist for the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement.   In 1998 the Police Executive Research Forum recognized Lt. Leahy and the Fifth Precinct POP Unit for the problem oriented policing program Crimes Against the Elderly.  The program received the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing.
Lieutenant Leahy works with Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, SLSWG on equipment, training and interior focus groups. Lieutenant Leahy has been a member and Officer of the Oceanside Fire Department for thirty-five years and is a Level 1 Firefighter, Officer and New York State certified Fire Instructor.  He resides on Long Island with his family.

2nd Vice President
Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser started his career in 1991 with the Vancouver City Police. While with the Vancouver Police, Scott held a variety of positions and worked in several areas of the City.
In 1998, Scott relocated to the City of Brockville and joined the Brockville Police Service. Scott held several different positions within the Brockville Police Service including breathalyzer technician, mountain bike officer, intelligence/drug officer, Sergeant in charge of Criminal Investigation, Staff Sergeant in charge of Criminal Investigations and Inspector of Operations and Support Services.
Scott holds a certificate in Police Foundations from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough. Scott also holds several certificates from courses offered at the Canadian Police College and the Ontario Police College including investigative and supervisory courses. Scott also holds a certificate in Police Administration from Dalhousie University. Scott was also awarded a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.
Scott attended the 226th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia in June of 2006. Scott was the only Canadian among 250 attendees for the 10 week course.
Scott has been invited to lecture at the Canadian Police College to members of Police Services across Canada and has acted as syndicate leader within the Canadian Police College Drug Investigative Techniques Program numerous times.

3rd Vice President

Anthony_RaganellaAnthony J. Raganella is a retired 25-year decorated New York City Police Department Deputy Inspector and graduate of the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy. Currently, he is the founder and president of NY Blue Line Consulting Group, which provides law enforcement training and consulting services nationwide.
While at the NYPD, Anthony spent 8 years as the Commanding Officer of the Disorder Control Unit, a citywide department unit responsible for planning, assessing and ensuring the Department’s training and readiness in crowd management and disorder control operations for civil unrest, as well as major events, emergencies, and protests. As Commander of that unit, Anthony regularly developed policy, as well as evaluated and implemented training, equipment and best practices related to crowd management & control. He is considered a subject matter expert on matters related to protests and civil unrest and regularly trains, consults and testifies on such matters.
Anthony has completed his Master Degree in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from Marist College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science, summa cum laude, from New York Institute of Technology; an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, from Nassau Community College, as well as being a graduate of the 24th Session of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute, and the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy. Additionally, Anthony is the author of several published peer-reviewed journal articles and text book chapter supplements in the field of criminal justice.
In addition to his consulting firm, Anthony co-founded Rising Star Promotions, an educational tutorial service focused on supplementing and supporting studies of officers seeking elevation through promotional exams.
Although Anthony has dedicated his professional life to law enforcement, he hasn’t limited himself to just police work. Anthony is also active in many organizations and organizing fundraising events to support various causes, such as his high school alma mater’s alumni association – La Salle Military Academy – where he sits on the Board of Governors.
Anthony is an avid automobile enthusiast and tournament poker player, and resides on Long Island with his wife and son. 

Secretary    & Treasurer
William Sheron

William A. Sheron, Jr. has over 40 years of experience with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, serving as second in command for the past 20 years. He began his career in June 1977 as an emergency services dispatcher and was subsequently promoted through the ranks of Deputy Sheriff-Corrections, Deputy Sheriff- Road Patrol, Sergeant, Investigator and Chief Deputy-Road Patrol.  In January 1996, he was appointed Undersheriff. 

He is is a graduate of the New York State Commission of Corrections Training Academy, Erie County Central Police Services Basic Police Officer Training Academy, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Police Supervision Course, United States Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Interdiction Course, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Hostage Negotiations, the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the F.B.I. National Academy Executive Development Program.

Undersheriff Sheron is credited with the formation of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force in 1989 which began as a one-man unit and developed into a county-wide collaborative Task Force with the City of Batavia and Leroy Police Departments. He has also served as a Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and a member of the department’s Crash Management Team.

Over his career, Sheron has received departmental recognition awards including Officer of the Year in 1982, Meritorious Service in 2000 and 2009, and Commendation Awards in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994 and 1996.

As Undersheriff, his responsibilities include the oversight of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, along with the administration of grants and governmental programs; oversight of the department’s training, development and adherence to departmental standards; investigation of allegations against departmental members; recruitment and selection of personnel; and responsibility of the operations of Genesee Justice and the Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

Undersheriff Sheron served as the 2006 President of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates New York State /Eastern Canada Chapter; has held several positions on their board of directors and currently serves as the Chapter’s Secretary Treasurer.  Sheron is an active member of the Genesee County Traffic Safety Board, Genesee County Stop DWI Advisory Board, the Mental Health Association of Genesee/Orleans County Board of Directors, Genesee County Republican Committee, City of Batavia Republican Committee and Batavia Kiwanis Club.  He previously served as the Vice President of GCASA Board of Directors.   He was elected Sheriff of Genesee County and took office January 1, 2017.

Sheriff Sheron is a lifelong resident of Batavia.  He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Notre Dame High School and is a graduate of Genesee Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice.  He and his wife are parents to a family of five children and six grandchildren.

Joseph Gannon

Joseph J. Gannon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York;  received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1966. Within two weeks, he was appointed to the New York City Police Department being the third generation in his family to so serve. He was initially assigned to the Tactical Patrol Force later transferred to the Detective Division serving in multiple commands including the Narcotics Bureau, a general crimes investigator in the Detective Squad covering Times Square, the Theater and Hotel Districts; and 11 years in the Special Frauds Squad. This required investigating complex financial crimes and losses of negotiable securities from Wall Street on a citywide basis. It was during the course of that assignment that he was nominated to the National Academy and graduated from the 126th Session in the summer of 1981. A number of events followed which resulted in his retirement to assume a position in the Global Security Department of American Express Comapny, eventually becoming Director-Investigations, North America. Invited back to the Academy in 1982, he served as an instructor at Quantico in White Collar Crimes in 1982 through 2002. That role expanded to teaching not only the National Academy, but various FBI Schools including New Agents’ Enrichment Sessions; In Services for White Collar Crime Supervisors both at Quantico and Xerox (Leesburg); the Southern Police Institute, the Criminal Investigations Course and Crime Prevention Schools as well as NYPD Homicide Investigations School. In addition, he enjoyed a regular block at the Youth Leadership Program on “Ethics, Integrity and Decision Making”. His duties at American Express took him all over the world including Western Europe, the UK, Moscow and Tokyo with long term assignments in Miami, Vancouver (BC) and Los Angeles. He retired after 29 year’s service, but remains a contractor with his former employer. Joe served on the Chapter Executive Board in various positions, culminating as Chapter President in 2011. Having just celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2017, Joe is the proud Grandfather of two sets of twins who now regularly attend Retrainers, both at the Chapter and National venues. Their Dad has followed the family tradition and after serving in multiple New York State investigative agencies for over a dozen years (OCTF, Inspector General and Insurance Frauds Bureau) is a senior Postal Inspector in the New York Division for the past decade while Mom is a school teacher in the New York City school system.


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