Larry C. Brubaker was born in Havre, Montana. He received his early education and Bachelor of Science degree in Montana. After teaching and coaching for three years, he began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 12, 1971. Following his initial training at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, Agent Brubaker was assigned to the Portland, Oregon, field office. Subsequent assignments took him to Detroit, Michigan (1972 – 1979) and Minot, North Dakota (1979 – 1984). He was assigned to the Minneapolis office of the FBI in July 1984.
While employed by the FBI, Brubaker had numerous assignments. He was a polygraph examiner for eight years and coordinated the training program for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Brubaker served as a crisis negotiator for over twenty years and trained many local negotiators during his career. In addition, he was the area’s representative to the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He served as a counselor for the 173rd session of the FBI National Academy. He was a charter member of the International Homicide Investigators Association in 1987 and remains an active member. He is also a member of the Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association and the Northwest Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.
During his tenure with the FBI, he taught various violent crime topics throughout the United States, Canada, and at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. He also instructed at the International Law Enforcement Academy, Budapest, Hungary. He has appeared on numerous local radio and television news reports. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Primetime Live, 48 Hours, MSNBC News, Discovery Health Network, and Langley Production’s Court TV.
Brubaker received his Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota, in 1993. He retired from the FBI in June 2000 to become the Regional Corporate Security Manager for Unisys Corporation, Eagan, Minnesota. In June 2006 he left Unisys Corporation and created his own company – Applied Consulting and Training LLC. Brubaker has provided expert witness testimony for Minnesota law firms regarding the use of deadly force, false reports to law enforcement, sexual assaults and interviewing.
In December 2008, the book he wrote – Pulling the Trigger: A 25-Year Study of Deadly Force Encounters by Law Enforcement – was published. An updated version of the book to a 30-year study is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2012.
Presently, he also serves as an adjunct professor at Globe Education Network, Winona State University and Saint Mary’s University.