The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy: Crisis Response, Lessons Learned and the Investigative Story
11:50am – 12:55pm, Presented by: Ronald Hopper, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assitant Special Agent in Charge, Tampa Division
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Ronald Hopper began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in Florida where he served as a Patrol Officer, an Undercover Vice and Narcotics Detective, Honor Guard member, Field Training Officer, and a SWAT Team Operator.
In December of 1997, ASAC Hopper reported to Quantico as a newly appointed FBI Special Agent. He was subsequently assigned to the New Orleans Division, Shreveport Resident Agency (RA), where he served as the Safe Streets/HIDTA/Violent Crime Task Force Coordinator and SWAT Team Operator.
In October 2006, ASAC Hopper was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit (DTOU) at FBIHQ in Washington D.C. He was then selected to be the Unit Chief of the DTOU, where he provided oversight for all FBI domestic terrorism investigations and operations throughout the United States.
In July 2006 and continuing through 2015, ASAC Hopper was assigned to the Tampa Division, Orlando RA, where he served in various capacities, to include SSA for the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Safe Streets/Violent Crimes Squad, the White Collar Crime/Cyber Squad, and the Tampa Division SWAT team.
In July 2015, ASAC Hopper was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge. As ASAC, he oversees Tampa Division’s Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Squads, Orlando’s Safe Streets/Violent Crimes and White Collar Crime/Cyber Squads and serves as the Tampa Division SWAT Team Commander. In June 2016, ASAC Hopper served as the On-Scene Commander of the Pulse Night Club Terror Attack crisis response. This major case investigation continues to be handled in the Orlando RA, Tampa Division.