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The Leaders of Ambassador Protection Services


John J. Kelly, President

John Kelly is Chief Operating Officer of Ambassador Protection Services, Inc. He is a retired Detective from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

John's career included assignments in Midtown North, Anti-Crime and the Narcotics Division. As a detective he worked in Organized Crime Control Division (OCCB) where he was awarded The OCCB Outstanding Achievement Award for his management and successful conclusion of numerous complex investigations. He served as a member of the Joint Firearms Task Force, an effort between the NYPD, State Police and various Federal Agencies. It was as a member of this elite unit that he earned the prestigious Combat Cross – the second highest medal in the NYPD awarded for acts of extraordinary heroism. John was the principal bodyguard for President Clinton during the 2001 UN General Assembly.

He is a graduate of St. Francis College with a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Protection Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He is FBI Certified in Undercover Surveillance and Fingerprint Investigations and is a certified Executive Protection Specialist.   

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Carolyn Kelly, Administrative Vice President

Carolyn has been the organizational energy behind the scenes of Ambassador Protection Services since its inception. All invoicing, schedules, bookkeeping, contracts, proposals and payroll matters reside with her. Over the years she has been the fundamental reason for the success of Ambassador Protection Services. Her skills enable our company to provide the type of service that our clients expect. In addition, our employees are thankful for the ability of Carolyn to provide them with the professional guidance for all administrative related issues. We have been very fortunate to have Carolyn in this capacity over the years; she will remain the key to this company’s success.

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Christopher Kelly, Executive Vice President

Christopher Kelly is the founder and General Manager of Ambassador Protection Services; he is retired from the New York Police Department (NYPD) after serving more than twenty years on the force.

During his twenty+ years of law enforcement, Chris received numerous awards and commendations including the prestigious "New York City Finest Foundation Cop of the Month" and the Police Department Medal for Exceptional Merit.  He is certified "Specialized Protective Security" (Dignitary & Executive Protection) by NYPD Intelligence Division.

Over the years, Chris has developed, forged and maintained an excellent working relationship with other City, State and Federal law enforcement personnel and agencies.  In fact, he was the only uniformed police officer permitted into the inner security zone during visits by the President of the United States.  Advance teams from the United States Secret Service and State Department would frequently confer with Chris concerning security issues involving visiting dignitaries and Head's of State.

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Richard Conlon, Operations Coordinator

Richard Conlon, the Operations Coordinator of Ambassador Protection Services, Inc., is a retired detective from the New York City Police Department. 

After assignment in East New York Section of Brooklyn, Rich transferred to Street Crime Unit, and the Narcotics Division where he earned the reputation of a street smart, relentless investigator. During his tenure in the Narcotics Division, Richard became an expert in forensic photography and surveillance techniques. His expertise in wire-tapping and warrant applications led to assignments in the Joint Firearms Task Force and Joint FBI Organized Crime Task Force. He finished his police career in the Organized Crime Bureau’s Vice Enforcement Division

As part of the Ambassador Protection Services team, Richard supervised a high profile location as part of the World Economic Forum and obtained an excellent working relationship with the Secret Service.

Since joining Ambassador, Richard, has completed the Security Management Course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has finished an Electronic Counter Surveillance Course in Tennessee. This training is designed specifically to assist in countering corporate espionage. 

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Dennis M. Kelly, President Emeritus

Dennis Kelly is the President Emeritus of Ambassador Protection Services and a founding partner of the corporation.  He is retired from the Nassau County Police Department where he served over 20 years.  During his tenure with the Nassau County Police Department, Dennis was assigned to the Patrol Division, Communications, the Emergency Unit, and Highway Patrol Bureau. He was the recipient of three Congressional Medals of Merit, two Medals of Commendation, six Life Saving Awards, and twelve Excellent Police Duty Awards.  

Dennis is also a go-to expert by the news media in times of crisis having appeared on MSNBC, FOX News and CNN to name a few.

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