Rich Porter



Rich PorterRich Porter

Rich joined the United States Marine Corps in 1983 and graduated in the top 10% of his class at Paris Island.  He was selected for one of the Marine Corps first anti-terrorist SWAT teams and was trained by the FBI, the British army’s special forces SAS and the German Federal Police elite counter-terrorism and special operations unit GSG 9.  In addition to SWAT he also trained with the Navy Seals and Recon.  Rich was honorably discharged in 1987 with the rank of sergeant.

He joined the Plant City Police Department in 1988 and worked in a variety of roles during his 20 year career including Patrol, Detective Division, COP, SWAT, Street Crimes, FTO and Undercover (Vice/Narcotics/Terrorism/Public Corruption/Organized Crime).  Rich investigated Prescription Fraud with the DEA and Medicade/Medicare & Insurance Fraud with the FBI.  He also trained with US Special Operations and Yamam (the elite Israeli civilian counter-terrorism unit).  Rich worked with many local, state and federal agencies and investigated Terrorism, Public Corruption and Organized Crime in the Tampa Bay area.  He investigated former USF professor and Muslim activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his ties to the Palestine Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.  Rich was also involved in an investigation against former Hillsborough County State Attorney Harry Lee Coe that linked him to Dr. Sami Al-Arian as well as ties to organized crime, public corruption and the mafia.  It should be noted that Dr. Sami Al-Arian pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was sentenced to 57 months in prison followed by being deported.  It should also be noted that Harry Lee Coe committed suicide during his investigation.

Rich retired from the Plant City Police Department in May of 2008.