John W. Cutter joined Custom Protective Services (CPS) in January of 2013 and has joined an outstanding team of professionals. Utilizing the solid foundation from Custom Protective Services first seven years of business; along with his professional experience from the last thirty-three years Mr. Cutter is positioning the company for growth and to take it to the next level and beyond. As the new president of CPS he is responsible for all New York and Connecticut security operations, and is introducing a new line of investigative services under the name John Cutter Investigations inc. (JCI). JCI is a full service investigative firm specializing in security assessments, background investigations and executive protection.
Mr. Cutter retired from the New York City Police Department after a successful twenty-five year career. His last position was as the Deputy Chief in the Criminal Intelligence Section where he was responsible for all counter-terrorism initiatives for the department’s Intelligence Division.
Mr. Cutter began his career as a New York City Housing Police Officer in 1980, and spent his first fifteen years in law-enforcement working in the public housing projects of New York City. During his tenure he worked in every conceivable position within the Housing Police Department, beginning with foot patrol officer and working his way up to become the commanding officer of the housing police major case squad, where he was responsible for the investigation of all homicides in public housing as well as other high profile cases. When the housing police department merged with the New York City Police Department in 1995 Mr. Cutter continued his work in the investigative arena over the next ten years. Mr. Cutter became the commanding officer of the 90th detective squad and earned four more promotions in multiple investigative assignments. Mr. Cutter attained the rank of deputy chief before retiring in 2004. During his years with the NYCHPD and the NYPD Mr. Cutter maintained his position as a commanding officer for over fifteen years.
In January 2001 chief cutter developed and implemented a new unit within the intelligence division known as the criminal intelligence section. The criminal intelligence section became operational in March of 2001 and quickly developed into one of the most productive crime fighting units within the department. The unit was so successful it was awarded the department’s unit citation in its first year of operation. On September 11 2001 the focus of the criminal intelligence section shifted to terrorism. As the commanding officer, criminal intelligence section, chief cutter oversaw all counter-terrorism related activities within the intelligence division, to include preventive measures such as operation Hercules, nexus and the NYPD international and national liaison programs, as well as all investigations relative to terrorism.
Mr. Cutter’s transition into the private sector began in October of 2004 where he joined a high profile security investigations firm in New York City as the president, and was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of both the security and investigations divisions. During his over eight years as the president his leadership and his skills as a security and law enforcement professional maintained a strong client base and he was able to retain clients based on outstanding customer service and client approval.