Picciarelli, a former U.S. Army machine gunner in Vietnam, spent twenty years in the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant, and is the president of Condor Security & Investigations, Inc. He is also a partner in Balance Point Funding, a company which equalizes litigation funding in divorce actions. He holds both BA and MA degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an additional MA degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where he is now an adjunct professor in the graduate school. He also teaches at California University of Pennsylvania and is an investigative consultant with the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences. His ability to relate his been there, done that life experiences has been instrumental in his being in great demand as a public speaker.
Patrick Picciarelli is the author of the non-fiction books, Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye (William Morrow), the screenplay (movie rights sold), the sequel, My Life in the NYPD: Jimmy the Wags (NAL) and Mala Femina: A Woman's Life as the Daughter of a Don (Barricade Books). He has also published Blood Shot Eyes, a novel. His short story, The Prince of Arthur Avenue which appeared in Bronx Noir (Akashic Books 2007) has been made into a movie (KnightVision Productions) and was released in 2011. Another story, The Friendly Island, will appear in the Crime Writers of America's annual anthology in 2013. The life rights to his main character in another book, Undercover Cop, has been optioned by Stephen Spielberg (Dreamworks), and will be made into a major motion picture starring Jason Segel, to be released in 2013.