Richard Vaccaro


Richard Vaccaro head shot



Criminal Justice/Forensics

I have been a Criminal Justice Instructor at CEC since the Fall of 2019. I am from Long Island (suburbs east of New York City) and as a previous NY State resident received my BA Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and MA Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC.  Soon after graduation from SUNY Albany, I began working as a Federal Probation/Parole Officer for the U.S. Probation Office in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving my MA degree and approximately 3 years of service in the Brooklyn Office, I transferred to the U.S. Probation Office In Denver, Colorado, where I retired after 25 years of overall service in 2014.  During my career with the U.S. Probation Office, I held numerous positions including line officer, specialist officer in various capacities, and supervisor for the final 10 years.

After retirement from federal service, I held various jobs including adjunct CRJ instructor and private investigator.  I was drawn to CEC to familiarize students with the Criminal Justice System and assist interested students in acquiring meaning employment in this field.  Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking with my wife, watching my favorite sports (football and hockey), and heavy metal music.