Year Inducted: 2014
Barry Black has served the citizens of Oklahoma and the state’s law enforcement agencies since 1988 as a Special Agent of the FBI. Throughout his 26 years in the state, he made outstanding contributions to law enforcement as the FBI’s training coordinator FBI National Academy Coordinator and as a member of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training Advisory Board.
His professionalism in the performance of investigative duties resulted in his being nominated for the FBI Director’s Award related to a complex, multi-million dollar fraud scheme perpetrated on the people of Oklahoma. He has worked closely with state and local law enforcement to pursue convictions in various jurisdictions.
He was deployed as a SWAT sniper during the Branch Davidian stand-off in Waco, TX, and has made significant contributions to many high profile cases. His primary contribution to public safety and law enforcement is as a bomb technician.
He has shared experiences gleaned from working the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the terrorist events surrounding Sept. II, 2001, the detonation of a bomb contained within a backpack on the University of Oklahoma campus, and many international deployments. As a result, he was awarded the FBI Master Police Instructor Award in 2008.
In 2011, he was the first of four agents to receive the new designation of FBI Master Bomb Technician. In 2013, he was named among the first field agents to be recognized as adjunct faculty members of the FBI Academy. This designation afforded him to train law enforcement professionals on the national and international level.
Because of his extensive background and training, agencies have requested he sit on selection boards for Oklahoma’s bomb technicians and is routinely asked to participate in counterterrorism matters domestically and internationally.
Agent Black recognized training gaps and took the initiative to create unique programs to meet the needs of Oklahoma’s police and military bomb technicians and canine teams. He created bulk explosives and bulk narcotics detection training. For more than 20 years he has demonstrated a passion for supporting military and law enforcement technicians in the extremely hazardous field of explosives.