Darryl Starks

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Darryl Starks is an experienced law enforcement and Polygraph professional with 32 years of combined investigative experience & service. Mr. Starks specializes in forensic credibility assessment, polygraph examinations and is experienced in administering examinations relating to specific issue criminal investigations, counterintelligence, pre-employment law-enforcement screening and foreign vetting. Mr. Starks is a retired Supervisory Special Agent - Quality Control/Quality Assurance Team Leader for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms & Explosives (ATF) Polygraph Branch. Currently, Mr. Starks serves a Program Manager for E-merging Technologies Group's Law Enforcement Polygraph Operations, Government Services Division.



Mr. Starks is responsible for the operation of ETG's National Capital Polygraph Quality Control Center and Quality Assurance Program located in Reston, VA. Mr. Starks supervises all ETG law enforcement and federal polygraph subcontractor personnel and ensures that adequate real-time 100% Quality Control supervision is available for all public safety and federal polygraph examinations conducted by ETG and subcontractor examiners throughout the United States.


*(RETIRED) Supervisory Special Agent-Team Leader: Polygraph Branch (2004-Current): Supervise a team of Special Agent-Polygraph Examiners carrying out polygraph duties/assignments throughout the United States concerning alleged violations of federal law, National Security, Counterintelligence and personnel security screening matters. Major Duties: Maintains individual examination case load involving frequent travel; Conducts 100% Quality Control/Quality Assurance review of team member examinations; prepare reports, correspondence and conducts briefing concerning the Bureau’s polygraph examination efforts; assist in program and policy development; conducts in-person performance evaluation of team members and generate annual QC reports of findings; when designated, perform the duties as Acting Special Agent in Charge, Polygraph Branch.

*Senior Special Agent-Polygraph Examiner; Polygraph Branch (1998– 2004): Conducted polygraph examinations in support of the agencies strategic Law Enforcement and National Security Missions. Prepared reports, correspondence, presentations and briefings to various audiences, regarding ATF’s polygraph program. Testified in court and advised ATF personnel, federal prosecutors and other law enforcement professionals on the suitability and use of polygraph.

*Special Agent, ATF - Chicago Field Division (1990 – 1998): Conducted federal criminal investigations in support of the Bureau’s law enforcement mission in the areas of firearm related crimes, arson, bombing/explosives violations and alcohol-tobacco diversion. Performed duties in the capacity of lead investigator, undercover agent and surveillance. Worked closely with prosecutors in matters related to trial preparation, Grand Jury and criminal trial proceedings.

*Adjunct Faculty – NCCA (2011 – current): Serve as agency liaison, providing operational laboratory instruction to ATF and other federal personnel training to become certified polygraph examiners. Prepare graded evaluations of student comprehension and performance in subject matters related to law, federal polygraph standards and procedure, physiology and psychology. Provide academic advisement and counseling to ATF personnel during their 14 week matriculation at the Center.

*Criminal Investigations Command - (CID) Fort Myer, VA; (1986-1989): As a CID Special Agent, directed criminal investigations of felony crimes committed by or against U.S. Forces personnel and civilians in the Military District of Washington, DC and other US interests. Provided executive protection and vulnerability threat assessment for senior civilian and General Officer personnel within the Department of Defense.

*Military Police Corps - Fort Belvoir, VA; Germany (1983–1986): As an MP and MP Investigator, conducted garrison law enforcement duties at US military installations in the United States and abroad. Investigated misdemeanor crimes committed buy or against U.S. Forces personnel and civilians inside military installations and outlying areas. Performed facility and personnel security functions at European NATO installations.

*Argosy University - Washington, DC..Master of Arts: Forensic Psychology(2003)
*Park University - Parkville, Missouri..Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice Administration (1989)
*The Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, Ft. McClellan AL (1998)
Federal Certification: Polygraph Examiner