Will Long Bio

Will Long

Will retired from the FBI after 25 years of service in June of 2014. He has extensive experience investigating complex criminal and security matters. During his career, Will specialized in the investigation of violent crimes, narcotics, and domestic terrorism/violent extremist groups.

He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court, including death penalty litigation. Will developed specific expertise in the development human intelligence sources, with a focus on long term, undercover investigations to infiltrate criminal organizations and violent extremist movements.

At the time of retirement, Will was assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in the greater Spokane, Washington area. In addition to his duties as a Special Agent, Will served for over 22 years in the FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) program as an operator, team leader, and trainer. He led, planned, and conducted hundreds of sensitive tactical and protective operations nationally and overseas. He is a seasoned firearms and tactical instructor, having taught thousands of students.  He has led FBI SWAT and firearms training programs, and developed customized training courses for numerous law enforcement agencies.  Will served two FBI deployments to Afghanistan in support of ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

In 2006, he was assigned as an embedded advisor to United States Special Operations Forces in Eastern Afghanistan. In 2011, he was assigned as an advisor to the Afghan National Police/National Directorate of Security Kidnapping Investigation Unit. Will’s specialized training includes advanced interview and interrogation techniques, advanced firearms skills, personnel recovery, kidnapping countermeasures, safe travel, survival/escape/evasion, and protective advances, details, and operations.

Will’s professional certifications and training include:

  • FBI Firearms Instructor
  • FBI Tactical Instructor
  • FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • FBI/ALERRT Active Shooter Instructor
  • FBI SWAT Basic and Advanced Certification Courses
  • FBI Instructor Development Course
  • Wicklander-Zulawski Interview and Interrogation Course
  • FBI Advanced Homicide Investigation Course
  • FBI Domestic Terrorism Investigations and Operations Course
  • ATIXA Basic and Advanced Title IX Investigators Courses
  • Specialized Personnel Recovery, Overseas Operations, and Protective Detail Courses
  • Licensed private investigator in Washington and Idaho


Will received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.  He graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.