Mar 27 Gerry Shur Inside Witness Protection Program

The Huntingdon Valley Library presents

witsecbookGerry Shur, author of
WITSEC: Inside the Federal
Witness Protection Program

Thursday, March 27 at 7 pm
2nd Floor Community Room

Founder of the Federal Witness Protection Program, Mr. Gerald Shur has been invited to share his stories and speak about his experiences with the Program.  Mr. Shur’s talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  We recommend that you RSVP at the Library, by phone (215-947-5138) or by email at  View the Mar 2014 Gerry Shur Flyer.

Mr. Shur is author of the 2003 book WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program.  He was also a recent guest on C-SPAN. More from the book description:

For decades no law enforcement program has been as cloaked in controversy and mystery as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Now, for the first time, Gerald Shur, the man credited with the creation of WITSEC, teams with acclaimed investigative journalist Pete Earley to tell the inside story of turncoats, crime-fighters, killers, and ordinary human beings caught up in a life-and-death game of deception in the name of justice.

witsec03Read about the U.S. Marshall’s Witness Security Program.

Biography of GERALD SHUR

Gerald Shur was born in New York City and graduated from The University of Texas where he earned both Bachelor of Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence Degrees. In 1961, while in private practice in Texas, Mr. Shur learned of the newly enhanced program directed against organized crime developed by Attorney General Robert Kennedy and saw the opportunity to pursue his long-time interest in organized crime. He was appointed to the position of Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the United States Department of Justice and was assigned as an Area Coordinator coordinating organized crime investigations being conducted by the FBI and several other federal agencies in New York City. He was subsequently appointed Attorney-in-Charge of the Intelligence and Special Services Unit in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

In that capacity, Mr. Shur developed the first computerized organized criminal intelligence system and introduced women, for the first time, into the field of criminal intelligence analysis in the federal government. During this same period, Mr. Shur founded the Federal Witness Security Program and was extensively involved in the development, coordination, and management of the Program for almost thirty years.

At the time of his retirement from the Department of Justice in 1995, Mr. Shur was the Senior Associate Director of the Office of Enforcement Operations in the Criminal Division, a position he held for many years. In that capacity, he was responsible for the management and operation of several programs associated with criminal investigative activities such as the Witness Protection Program, and other covert investigative techniques utilized by the several federal agencies. In addition to his work in covert activities, Mr. Shur administered the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

Mr. Shur has served as consultant and advisor to numerous Federal, State, and local crime commissions and law enforcement agencies, as well as many foreign governments, in matters related to the criminal justice system, and more particularly the witness security program. He has frequently appeared as a speaker on the subject of witness protection and has appeared on the Today Show, CSPAN and numerous other radio and television shows as well as in numerous books and articles.

Mr. Shur is the co-author with Pete Earley of WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, published by Bantam in February, 2002 and selected as a Book of the Month Club Judges’ Choice.


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