Lyle Rapacki earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and his Doctorate from Clayton College of Natural Medicine specializing in the treatment of psychological disorders with natural medicine. He enjoyed a 20-year private practice. Approximately one-half of his practice case-load was delegated to Behavioral Forensic Profiling and Threat Assessments, and he earned a Post-Doctorate Diplomate in Forensic Counseling. A former police officer, Dr. Rapacki assisted law enforcement from 1985 - 1991 regionally and nationally with intelligence analysis and investigations of deviant movement groups and taught at law enforcement academies nationwide. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Rapacki taught in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayland Baptist University Phoenix campus. He briefly held the position of Director for the Public Safety Administration, Homeland Security and Crisis Management Programs at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona in 2008.
In 1986, Lyle began consulting with national ministries providing Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment, as well as behavioral tendencies of crowds when ministry executives appeared at special or highly attended venues. He has conducted Crisis/Risk Assessment for churches and trained Crisis Response Teams. Lyle was Director of Security and Campus Safety for his church in Phoenix for seven years, and helped coordinate Dignitary Protection for Phoenix First Assembly Church in Phoenix for eight years. He has been lead agent in several high profile protection details.
Dr. Rapacki continues to receive, analyze and disseminate critical intelligence and policy information from and to law enforcement, intelligence and governmental communities. He is the author of dozens of white papers, bulletins and briefings, many of which have received distribution to and by local, state and federal law enforcement, intelligence and public safety agencies. He is also a noted expert in crowd analysis and crowd-based-threat detection, and frequently is called on to share his expertise with public and private safety and security organizations.
Lyle has received formal training as a First Responder, Crisis Team Coordinator and Trauma Debriefing. He has completed classroom training in Emergency First Response to Terrorism instructed by the Director of Arizona Homeland Security, and attends additional trainings sponsored by law enforcement in counter-terrorism. Dr. Rapacki has completed primary and advanced training in information gathering and detection of deception at the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation (LSI/SCAN Course). He holds CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Certifications; he is Arizona Department of Public Safety certified to carry a concealed weapon, has been a licensed private investigator and retained an FBI fingerprint clearance. Lyle also is a TASER International Certified Instructor.
Additional formal classroom and field training were undertaken in the discipline of Protection of High Visibility Individuals and others vulnerable to targeted violence; including, but not limited to: Tactical and Close-in Protection; Counter Assault measures; Operational and Logistical Techniques for Protective Details; Tactical Team shooting, and Protective Intelligence including schooling associated with the Exceptional Case Study Project in July 1998, conducted by The United States Secret Service.
Dr. Rapacki is a member of ASIS International the world’s leading security practitioner organization and served as Membership Chair for Arizona from 2005-2009. He is an associate member of the International Foundation for Protective Officers, and The FBI InfraGard – Arizona, and THE ASSOCIATION FOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS.