Paul Delacourt reflects on 25-year law enforcement career

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Paul Delacourt is a renowned authority on leadership, risk mitigation, strategic planning, cyber security, and crisis management. Currently serving as the director of programs for a leading technology transformation firm, the former special agent recently retired from law enforcement following a 25-year career spent working across much of the U.S. and overseas.

“To have enjoyed such a long and distinguished career in law enforcement is something of which I’m immensely proud,” says Paul Delacourt, speaking from his home in Washington, D.C.

Delacourt retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year following a career lasting an impressive quarter of a century. He’s also an adjunct lecturer and curriculum advisor at the University of Chicago Graham School, teaching a variety of intelligence- and analysis-focused subjects.

The adjunct lecturer retired as the assistant director of the Strategic Realignment Program Management Office at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May 2021. He previously served as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office for three years.

Here, Paul Delacourt led an executive team with oversight of three operational divisions handling various intelligence and mission services. This oversight included supervising almost 1,500 employees across the seven counties of the Central District of California. “I also spent three years as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Honolulu field office,” Delacourt reveals, looking back.

Before that, he served in the Inspection Division at the FBI’s D.C.-based headquarters, where he led reviews of field offices, national programs, and special projects.

Paul Delacourt recalls starting out in the Windy City

Paul Delacourt‘s career as a special agent with the FBI first began in 1995. Assigned to the Chicago Division, he worked predominantly on gang and drug investigations in and around the so-called Windy City. “I later transferred to the FBI’s counter-terrorism program,” the retired special agent explains, “and was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan, Qatar, and Iraq.”

Delacourt would soon be given the role of liaison officer for the FBI to a counter-narcotics task force at U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Fast-forward to 2012, and he was subsequently later promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Honolulu Division – a position he held for the next three years, before relocating again to undertake further duties elsewhere.

Paul Delacourt was born in Detroit and grew up in southeasternmost Michigan. Today, he serves as the director of programs at Red River Technology in Chantilly, Virginia. The company is a prominent provider of tech transformation services focused on harnessing the power of technology to improve how its clients do business.

Elsewhere, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School.