Staff Profile


David J. Grabelski

Chair, Dept. of Intelligence Studies and Assistant Professor (CAE, Room 304)
P: (814) 824-3044
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Dave Grabelski currently serves as chair of and an assistant professor within the Department of Intelligence Studies. He specializes in teaching law enforcement intelligence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  He has 42 years of strategic and tactical intelligence experience in the law enforcement and intelligence communities, 21 years of supervisory and/or management experience and 19 years of instructional experience at the local, federal, international, and university/college levels.  In his first career, he served 21 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, including assignments as a Senior Homicide Detective and Gang Unit Supervisor.  His second career was as a gangs/drugs/violence analyst for the US Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center for 12 years.  This also included 6 years as an instructor of law enforcement intelligence. Additionally, he has developed and delivered courses for the US State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. He taught these classes to law enforcement officers in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Ghana.



  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Pepperdine University

Courses Taught

  • RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 178: Advanced Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 276: Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • RIAP 320: Advanced Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • INTL 576: Law Enforcement Intelligence

Selected Publications and Projects

  • Course developer and trainer for the US Department of State, Diplomatic Protection Service, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and Training Assistance Division law enforcement intellgence-related courses
  • Participated with 12 other national subject matter experts at a meeting with the National White Collar Crime Center. Developed a 1-week training course in Law Enforcement Anti-Terrorism Intelligence for local and state law enforcement agencies. Then served as course auditor, instructor, and an adjunct faculty member
  • Co-lead and course developer for two 40-hour graduate courses for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy that  supplies education to law enforcement managers from agencies worldwide
  • Served as subject matter expert to evaluate the effectiveness of the twenty-eight HIDTA's law enforcement intelligence efforts throught contract with Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  and the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program
  • Established an on-going research projects program for International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and the Intelligence Studies Program resulting in student produced research projects.
  • Faculty academic advisor for a National Collegiate FBI Case Study Competition entitled “Create a Short-Term and Long-Term Strategic Plan for the FBI to Succeed in Its Enhanced Intelligence and Counterterrorism Role.” The 5-student member team was awarded a first place after their submission of a report and a presentation of their paper at the FBI’s headquarters building to FBI senior managers
  • Established and coordinate four student internship programs on a year round basis for various Erie, PA law enforcement agencies