William R. Long

William R. Long retired from the FBI after 25 years of service in 2014.  He has extensive experience investigating complex criminal and security matters.  During his career, Will specialized in the investigation of violent crimes, narcotics, and domestic terrorism cases.  

He has significant trial experience in both state and federal court, including death penalty cases.  Will developed specific expertise in the development and operation of human intelligence sources in long-term criminal and intelligence cases.  

At the time of his retirement, Will was assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in the greater Spokane, Washington area.  In addition to investigative duties, Will served for over 22 years in the FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) program as an operator, trainer, and assistant team leader.  He led, planned, and conducted hundreds of tactical and protective operations nationally and overseas.  He is a seasoned firearms and tactical instructor, having taught thousands of students.  He has led FBI SWAT and firearms training programs and developed customized courses for law enforcement and private sector students.  Will served two FBI deployments to Afghanistan in support of ongoing counter-terrorism operations.  

In 2006, he was assigned as an embedded advisor to US Special Operations forces in Eastern Afghanistan.  In 2011, he was assigned as an advisor to the joint Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security Kidnapping Investigation Unit.  Will's specialized training includes advanced tactical and firearms skills, personnel recovery, kidnapping countermeasures, safe travel, survival/escape/evasion, interview and interrogation techniques, and protective operations.  

Will's private sector experience includes private investigations, civil litigation support, criminal defense investigations, internal and employment law investigations, security consulting, threat assessment/management, executive protection, expert witness consulting, and other security matters. 


Will received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.  He graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  

Will's professional certifications and training include: 

  • FBI Firearms Instructor 
  • FBI Tactical Instructor 
  • FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor 
  • FBI/ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) Active Shooter Response Instructor 
  • FBI SWAT Basic and Advanced Certifications 
  • FBI Instructor Development Course 
  • Wicklander - Zulawski Interview and Interrogation Course 
  • FBI Advanced Homicide Investigation Course 
  • FBI Domestic Terrorism Investigations and Operations Course 
  • ATIXA Basic and Advanced Title IX Investigators Course 
  • Specialized Overseas Personnel Recovery Course 
  • Specialized Executive Protection Training 
  • Member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI 
  • Member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals 
  • Licensed and insured private investigator