About Patrick Zirpoli

Patrick Zirpoli retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2015. The majority of his 22-year career was spent working in the area of criminal investigation with specialties in homicide investigation, cold case homicides, child abduction, child abuse, and missing persons. His last duty assignment was as the unit supervisor for the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit.

Zirpoli served as the Pennsylvania Amber Alert coordinator and worked with the Missing Endangered Person Advisory System. As a subject matter expert, Zirpoli represented the Pennsylvania State Police in assessment and training in criminal behavior, equivocal death analysis, cold cases, crime assessment, staged crime scenes, and sexual assault.

Always willing to share his knowledge, Zirpoli has created multiple courses, including Crime Assessment, Homicide Investigation, Equivocal Death Analysis, Cold Case Homicide Investigation, Child Death Investigation, Sexual Assault Investigation, Amber Alert/Child Abduction, Missing and Endangered Persons Investigations, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. These courses have been taught to law enforcement agencies and related groups throughout the United States and internationally.

Presently, Zirpoli provides training throughout the country, works as a certified Prison Rape Elimination Act auditor, and consults on death investigations and other criminal investigations. In the past, he was an adjunct professor for Lackawanna College in the Criminal Justice Department. He also participated in workshops at the American Academy of Forensic Science Meetings.