Chief Inspector / Commander
New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force
Lenny DePaul was promoted to the position of Chief Inspector (Commander) of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF) in February 2007. One of seven regional task forces managed by the Marshals Service, the NY/NJ RFTF is made up of more than 300 criminal investigators from over 90 federal, state, and local agencies in the two-state area. Recognized as the flagship of the Marshals Service task force network, the NY/NJ RFTF now encompasses 13 offices and includes practically every major law enforcement agency in the region. Since its inception, the Task Force has made more than 75,000 arrests.
One of the original members of the RFTF when it was established in May 2002, Commander DePaul served both as the Deputy Commander and Supervisory Inspector with the Task Force prior to his promotion to Commander. Prior to that, he spent 12 years in the Warrant Squad for the USMS Eastern District of New York. While assigned to the Warrant Squad, Commander DePaul was directly responsible for hundreds of arrests, including several USMS “Major Case” fugitives. He also participated in the investigation of three USMS 15 Most Wanted fugitives, all of which resulted in arrest.
During his tenure with the USMS, Commander DePaul has received numerous Special Achievement and Special Acts awards, and was named the “Investigator of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in 1996. In 2009, he was honored by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association as a result of the exceptional efforts of the USMS RFTF program. He also received the 2009 Attorney General’s award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for his contributions to the reduction of violent crime.
Commander DePaul supervises and coordinates a wide range of professional training for state and local law enforcement partners who participate on the Task Force, and also assists in training U.S. military Special Operations Forces (SOCOM/JSOC) with respect to “Manhunting in the Military.”
Prior to his employment with the U.S. Marshals Service, Commander DePaul served 6 years with the United States Secret Service. During the Reagan Administration, he spent three years assigned to the White House, where he was responsible for protecting the President and the First Family, and the White House grounds. During his last three years with the USSS, Commander DePaul was assigned to the Foreign Missions Branch, which is charged with protecting foreign diplomats within the United States.
A native New Yorker, Commander DePaul was born and raised in Utica, New York. Shortly after graduation from high school, Commander DePaul joined the United States Navy, where he served honorably for a total of eight years, with five on active duty. During his Navy career, Commander DePaul was assigned to an Amphibious Assault group within the 7th Fleet, Naval Station San Diego, California. He was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 2nd Class.
TV - Shows:
Lenny DePaul was the lead in a hit series on the A&E network titled “Manhunters Fugitive Task Force” appearing in over 60 episode during their 3 seasons of filming.
He recently was cast as a Deputy Commander in charge of Operations for a CBS show titled “Hunted” which finalled this past March 2017.
He is currently in a season 3 of a History Channel show titled “Hunting Hitler” which premiers this November.
Additionally Lenny has acquired his Private Investigators License in the State of New York and has opened a PI consulting firm providing executive protection and building security.