John Colautti has over 30 years of law enforcement, probation and private security experience. In 2017, John retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons with over 25 years of service. During his career, he was assigned to various duty stations, facility types, security levels, as well as managed both male and female offenders. He held various roles, including temporary acting responsibilities for executive level positions. For more than 15 years John held a collateral duty as Public Information Officer and was involved in a number of high-profile cases and media events. From 2013 to 2015, he played an instrumental role in the multi-agency federal management of the case involving Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
During his career, John served as an agency trainer in a number of areas and was assigned to a variety of different crisis response teams. He has over 15 years of crisis negotiation team (CNT) experience and served in a number of team member roles, ten of those years as team leader. Five years prior to retirement, he was a member of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Crisis Negotiation Cadre. The Cadre is comprised of a very select group of CNT trainers tasked by the agency to train and certify CNT members, its institutional teams, and to serve as subject matter experts for agency staff members across the United States. The Cadre works to develop, coordinate and oversee comprehensive CNT training integrated into regional crisis management training exercises. The Cadre members may also respond to large-scale related emergencies where the BOP has an interest and jurisdictional authority.
In 1998, John was a professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At the end of the term he left the position because of his career relocation commitments. In 2012, he returned to teaching as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University. During the 2017-18 academic year, he accepted a temporary full-time professor position at Fitchburg State University. In the fall of 2018, he accepted a Doctorial Teaching Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell but remains an adjunct instructor at Fitchburg State University. During his academic teaching career, John has instructed on a variety of topics related to forensic investigation, criminal justice and criminological theory. He is a Level III instructor with the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC).
In 1992, John graduated cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration. In 1996, he graduated from the University of New Haven with a Master’s in Public Administration, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science. While attending the University of New Haven, John was fortunate to have been a student of Dr. Henry Lee. In 2018, John was admitted into the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His academic concentration is Terrorism and Security Studies with an interest in domestic terrorism. He is currently a full-time student and Doctoral Teaching Fellow at UMASS Lowell.
John has been a member of the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA) for almost 20 years. He served over ten years on NECNA’s Executive Board, the last four years as President. He remains actively involved with NECNA and continues to work with its leadership when requested.