Firehouse Alerting System ** Mass Notification Alerting System


Larry E. Brinker, Jr



Larry Brinker has dedicated over 33 years to public service; 22 years as a police officer, promoted through the ranks to Chief of Police and then served 11 years as a Director of Public Safety Communications. 

After graduating from Ball State University in 1986, Larry immediately began his criminal justice journey. From street patrol, to Community Relations, Accreditation Manager and Legislative Liaison, his career has touched a vast array of Public Safety aspects.

Serving as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Manager, Larry led the Plainfield (IN) Police Department to a Flagship Agency. He travelled as a CALEA Assessor inspecting agencies seeking professional excellence.  He was instrumental in the consolidation of 4 dispatch centers to create the Hendricks Co. Communications Center which has served as a model for the State of Indiana.

Larry has experience in Public Safety Technology, from radio systems, telephonic equipment, recorders, CAD, automated voice dispatch and station alerting technology. He is certified as a Criminal Statistical Analyst and through the FEMA Professional Development Program.

Larry lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina with his wife Randi, a career school teacher. The rest of the family: son Dale, his wife Elizabeth, grandson Beau (John Luke), daughter Lauren and granddaughter Duck (Madison) all reside in the Indianapolis area. Larry is very blessed to be the son of Larry and Margaret Brinker of Brownsburg, Indiana.

Richard M. Shaffer


Richard M. Shaffer (Rick) is a distinguished member of the U.S. law enforcement, and private security communities with over 30 years of experience. Rick retired after 30 years of service to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Naval Investigative Service and Fairfax County Police. During his tenure with the FBI he directed the Joint Terrorism Taskforce and the Organized Crime and Violent Crimes Criminal Enterprise Taskforces.  Since entering the private sector he has partnered on the development of a public safety technology, provided security consulting, personal protective service and asset threat/vulnerability assessment to the Port of Los Angeles, The U.S Centers for Disease Control, ESPN and various private global business concerns. 


Directed personal protective service detail for the Commandant of the Marine Corp Paul X. Kelly during the tragic 1983 terrorist bombings of the Marine Corp Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

Appointed to an Special FBI Investigative team tasked to investigate the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the activities of the terrorist hijackers whose findings were included in the 9/11 Commission Report to U.S. Congress.

Directed the FBI’s counter-terrorism investigative/intelligence efforts of global terrorist threats, financing mechanisms and targeting of critical infrastructure and businesses domiciled within North Carolina in coordination with all local, state, federal law enforcement, intelligence, military and civilian security first responder communities.  

Served as the FBI Liaison to the Caribbean region and established the first official FBI Operational Legal Attaché Office in the U.S. Embassy Nassau Bahamas.

Provided security consultation to CDC/Office of Emergency Preparedness for the national “Bio-Shield” program established for the development, procurement, transportation and retention of biologic agent-terrorism vaccine counter measures.

Provided counter-terrorism consultation to the Port of Los Angeles Police

Department, the largest U.S. port, for counter-terrorism training, critical incident management and maritime first response preparedness.

Security Consultant for ESPN Global Sports Network.

 Partnered in a public safety technology company that developed a cloud based platform that delivers SMS/MMS data from a citizen’s cell phone to 911 Centers and back out to the first responder community in real-time.

Gregg A. Karas - Partner

Gregg is a distinguished expert in eDiscovery, Compliance and Wireless Communications with over 24 years’ experience.  Trusted industry advisor to Federal, State and local Law Enforcement agencies in Cellular Fraud Prevention, Wireless Tracking Technologies, eDiscovery, Litigation, FOIA Requests, Compliance, Archiving, Information Risk Management, Security and Data Protection.

Before becoming a Partner with CommOptix, Gregg held positions at VERITAS Technologies LLC in capacities of Senior Product Manager & Systems Engineer and positions at AT&T Wireless in the roles of Systems Implementation Manager & Radio Engineer.

Gregg is a respected industry professional with extensive knowledge in regulation including FINRA, SEC, SIPC, SOX, Dodd-Frank, GDPR and many others as well as past Wireless Industry member of CALEA.

Gregg’s Industry engagement includes Government, Military, Law Enforcement, Financial, Pharmaceutical, Industrial sector and others in the area of Information Governance and Wireless Communications fraud.  Work focus included Electronic Tracking in matters of Trafficking, Major Crimes and Theft as well as speaking at industry events, trade shows, customer engagements and roundtable sessions.  Extensive work with customers in design of new technologies through direct communication, hosting Customer Advisory Boards, Roundtables and running Beta programs.


• Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University class of 1992 - Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology

• Metropolitan Technical Institute class of 1984 - Associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.



• AT&T two-time Circle of Excellence recipient.

• Paramus NJ Police Department honor award for assistance in case of fallen fellow Police Officer Vincent M. Brock.

• NJ State PBA honor award for assistance leading to arrest and conviction of perpetrator in case of fallen Patrolman Vincent M. Brock. Patrolman Brock’s case was one of many which led to extensive investigation by the NHTSA regarding safety issues with the Crown Victoria Police Cruiser Power Steering and other systems.

Details of Officer Brock’s case can be found at the following links:

November 22, 1994

Officer Brock was killed when his patrol car struck a utility pole on Route 4 while he was responding to a false 911 call from a stolen cellular phone. The suspect who placed the false call was arrested after the cellular phone was reactivated and traced. He was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with Officer Brock's death. Officer Brock had served with the Paramus Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.

Andrew Stallings

Andrew Stallings is the latest Partner to the CommOptix Team.  He has a background in IT and Software Development as well as experience in Firefighting.