Gary Plank, M.A.

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Gary Plank, M.A.

Associate Professor of Forensic Science
gplank [at]

Burt Hall 215

(402) 465-7541

Gary Plank retired from the Nebraska State Patrol in November 2007 after having served the citizens of the State of Nebraska for 28 years including 24 years in the Investigative Services Division as a criminal investigator and the State’s only behavior profiler.

As one of only 34 graduates of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Police Fellowship Program, Plank received 11 months of intensive training in behavior profiling, and studied under FBI profilers Roy Hazelwood and John Douglas. As part of an elite international class of only seven members, he was able to participate in developing profiles of offenders from around the world. He has also attended the Advanced Threat Management Academy developed by the Gavin de Becker Agency in California.

Plank has presented extensively on threat assessment, workplace violence, school violence, stalking, criminal sexuality, and homicide issues. During his tenure with the State Patrol he developed and managed the State’s threat assessment response for high-ranking government officials and celebrities and implemented the State’s Sex Offender Registry and Cold Case Squad.

Plank's research activities have included collaboration on FBI studies of sex offenders, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation stalking research, and research on threats toward State officials with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Law/Psychology Department. Plank served on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Insider Threat Expert Panel for ManTech Security & Mission Assurance Corporation on a U.S. Department of Defense contract.

Plank's expertise in investigating sex offenders earned him appointments from two Nebraska governors on the Governor’s Work Group on the Management of Sex Offenders.

Plank’s threat assessment work has been published in nationally-recognized peer review journals and presented at international threat management conferences. His publications include co-authoring the chapter “Evaluation of Anonymous Threats” in the French Canadian-published Psychology of Criminal Investigations: The Research of the Truth.

As a member of the faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, Gary has helped to develop the Master of Forensic Science Program, where he heads the Behavioral Science track.
Gary Plank has dedicated his life to investigating crime, understanding criminal behavior, and protecting people from around the world. He has now turned his attention to training others to do the same, and looks forward to working with students and businesses.

Mr. Plank holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling, both from Chadron (Nebraska) State College.


Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship – Past Vice President

Lincoln Area Forensic Sciences Organization

State Troopers Association of Nebraska


Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime – Allied Professional Certificate of Appreciation, 2006

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Director’s Community Leadership Award, 2005

Nebraska State Patrol – Distinguished Service Award, 2002

Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association – Dedication and Involvement Award,1997/1998

Sertoma International - Law and Order Award, 1997

West Lincoln Eagles - 1996 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

United States Department of Agriculture - Certificate of Appreciation for Assistance to the Nebraska National Forest Law Enforcement Program, 1990