9/11 10 Years Later: Navigating the Post-9/11 World

James Horton is an Assistant Director of the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism since 2007, James Horton spent over 21 years with the New York State Police (NYSP).  After joining the force in 1978, Mr. Horton moved up through the ranks, holding the positions of trooper, investigator and senior investigator.  Advancing to the rank of senior investigator in 1990, Mr. Horton was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, and supervised high profile cases, including both white collar crimes and over 200 homicide investigations.  After leaving the NYSP in 1999, Mr. Horton joined the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he became deputy chief investigator, responsible for the management and oversight of the Department of Law supervisors and investigators for 53 New York State counties.
Mr. Horton has an extensive history of teaching and instruction.  During his time with the NYSP, Horton taught courses on hostage negotiation, and interview and interrogation techniques.  He also has instructional experience at the international level, having taught hostage negotiations to the Brazilian National Military Police in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and major case management at the Canadian Police College, in Ottawa, Canada.  Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Horton also served as an adjunct professor for the Sage College of Albany, where he taught a criminal investigations course for 300 level students.
James Horton has participated in a variety of specialized trainings, including the NYSP Hostage Negotiations School, NYSP self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) training, NYSP Instructor Development and the FBI Academy Advanced Hostage Negotiations training. Mr. Horton is affiliated with the Northeastern Chiefs of Police Association, the New York State Chiefs of Police Association, and the National Academy of Certified Polygraphists. He was also the founder of the Special Olympics/Make-a-Wish Foundation Northeastern Police Ski Championship Race.
Mr. Horton has received numerous commendations over the course of his career.  These awards include being named Rensselaer County Police Officer of the Year twice, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Trooper of the Year.  He also received the New York State Attorney General's Award for Police Officer of the Year.  In addition to receiving 15 NYSP Superintendent's Commendations and 16 NYSP Troop Commander's Commendations, he has also received the New York State Police's Brummer Award for Valor, which is the highest award available for bravery.

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