Mr. Long has been certified in both fraud investigation (CFE) and homeland security (CHS). He holds multiple degrees in the criminal justice field, including a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College; a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University; and an Associates Degree in Criminology from the City College of San Francisco. In addition, Mr. Long has been recognized in a Massachusetts Court as an expert in the science of investigations.
Today, Mr. Long is the President of Bob Long Investigations Group LLC. Previously, Mr. Long served as the senior managing director for two global investigative and risk management firms, Vance International and Garda World, where he was responsible for overseeing client relations and operational oversight for the company’s full line of investigative and security consulting services, within the New England and Florida areas.
In the 1990s, Mr. Long was President and Managing Partner of LCF Associates, a white-collar investigations and security consulting firm, serving the legal, corporate and financial communities, before selling his company to SPX Corp, a Fortune 500 company, and becoming part of Vance in 2002.
During his private sector work, Mr. Long managed the investigative efforts in a large number of high profile, complex and protracted litigation matters including the litigation for the prevailing plaintiffs in the DeMoulas vs. DeMoulas litigation. The case resulted in the longest civil trial in Massachusetts history along with an $800 million dollar judgment. He also managed the investigative efforts for the prevailing doctor defendants in the Lewis vs. Mudge et al litigation brought by the widow of former Boston Celtics, Captain, Reggie Lewis, as well as for a number of high stakes product liability cases.
In addition, Mr. Long has been appointed as a specially designated investigator, for both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Federal Bankruptcy Courts for the purpose of locating and seizing fraudulently conveyed assets domestically and abroad.
Prior to his private sector career, Mr. Long had a highly decorated twenty-two year career with the Massachusetts State Police, stepping down at the senior officer rank of Detective Lieutenant Inspector, where he received dozens of commendations, including those from a U.S. President, FBI director, a number of governors, and area business groups.
Mr. Long has been a public speaker and guest lecturer for a variety of business and civic organizations, and he remains an active member of numerous intelligence-gathering networks, including the World Association of Detectives.
- In 1974, Mr. Long was the recipient of the prestigious State Police “Trooper of the Year Award” for his high success rate in a number of criminal investigations involving members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and other major narcotics traffickers.
- From 1977-1979, Mr. Long supervised a joint, State Police-FBI undercover investigation into truck-hijacking in the northeast corridor of the United States, that resulted in the arrest of forty-six individuals involved in organized crime, truck-hijacking and kidnapping, while obtaining a remarkable 100% conviction rate. The investigation, code named “Operation Lobster,” has been referred to in U.S. Congressional testimony as a national model.
- From 1980-1981, Mr. Long developed the probable cause, and carried out the first court ordered electronic surveillance, on serial killers and mobsters James J. “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, which later served as the foundation for subsequent investigations and indictments.
- From 1983-1990, Mr. Long served as the Chief Investigator for the Office of the Middlesex County District Attorney. During his tenure there he spearheaded a number of high profile criminal investigations involving multiple homicides, organized and white-collar crime, as well as police and political corruption. These successful investigations included the infamous Depositors Trust Robbery and Exam Scam that led to the arrest and incarceration of several police chiefs and other senior ranking law enforcement officials. His last investigation before retiring from the State Police led to the arrest and conviction of a fellow state police officer, known as “The Trooper Rapist.”
Mr. Long has been quoted in media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Banker and Tradesman and the Boston Business Journal on investigations and security related matters. He has also appeared on national television shows including, Frontline, Masterminds, and the Biography Channel relating to his investigations, as well as most of New England’s local and cable news shows.
Upon taking elected office, Attorney General Tom Reilly selected Mr. Long for his Transition Committee on Public Safety.
In June 2009, Mr. Long was asked by Boston Police Commissioner, Edward F. Davis to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Police Foundation. A non-profit organization seeking to assist the Boston Police with private funding for implementing innovative and effective strategies in reducing violent crime in the City of Boston.
In 2012, Mr. Long was elected president of the Boston Police Foundation where he served until March 2019.
Mr. Long is a former member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the third oldest military organization in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere. Members have included four presidents of the United States and nine Medal of Honor recipients. Mr. Long is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and one of the founders of the extremely successful, Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon. In 2004, Mr. Long was named recipient of the Frank Maletesta Award, the highest award given out at its annual dinner.