About Us

Experienced and Comprehensive Investigations

In 1979, Peter M. Vito was licensed as a private investigator in New York State and in 1999, was licensed as a private investigator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Peter M. Vito and Associates, Inc. was formed using his law enforcement, casualty adjustment and corporate investigative experience.

We are proud of our reputation, which we earned by conducting investigations in a professional, cost-effective and confidential manner. Our staff will personalize our investigative services to your specific requirements.

We invite you to contact us to schedule a discreet consultation regarding any of your specific investigative needs. Our main office is conveniently located near the financial and judicial districts in downtown Buffalo, New York.

Main Office:
716.881.1617
Email: PMVito@vitoinvestigators.com

Our Staff

An investigation is only as good as the staff handling the task.

Our staff is comprised of former Federal, State and local law enforcement investigators, insurance adjusters, corporate investigators, forensic computer examiners and forensic accountants. That experience allows us to properly assess, evaluate and conduct investigative services for our clients.

Our supervisory investigators have years of combined investigative experience and are renowned for their expertise in a broad spectrum of investigative techniques and tools.

Peter M. Vito, President & CEO

1972 – 1977 Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Sheriff
1976 – Canisius College, B.A.
1977 – 1979 G.A.B. Business Services, Inc., Casualty Adjuster
1979 – Present President/CEO, Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.
1986 – 1993 Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, Investigator
1990 – State University of New York School of Management
1993 – Extra Mile Transportation, Co-Founder & CEO
1990 – 1996 – Corporate Northeast Security Services, Inc., Founder, President & CEO
1998 – Harvard Business School Executive Development, Certificate Program
2001-2005 – Erie County Probation Department, Commissioner, Conditional Release Program
2008 – 2011 – Erie County Central Police Services, Commissioner
2008 – 2011 – Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, Chairman & Member, Executive Board

Patricia A. Hensley, Chief Operating Officer

1994 – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia; U.S. Customs Basic Inspector Training with Honors
1994-1995 – Co-Op Inspector, U.S. Customs1995 – Buffalo State College, B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice
1995-1998 – Inspector, U.S. Customs
1998-2002 – Senior Inspector, U.S. Customs
2003 – Present – Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.

David A. Hammond, Director of Investigative Services

1964 – State University of New York, B.S.
1966 – State University of New York, M.S.
1969 – 1996 – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent
1997 – Present – Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.

Richard A. Urbanski, Manager of Investigations

1988 – Canisius College, B.A.
1991 – 2001 – U.S. Customs Service, Supervisory Inspector
2002 – U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Air Marshall
2003 – Present – Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.

Rebecca L. Patterson, Investigative Supervisor

1991 – Niagara University, B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science
1994 – 2000 – Inspector, U.S. Customs
1998 – 2000 – EEO Counselor & Ethics Officer, U.S. Customs
2004 – Present – Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.

Ronald J. Christopher, Director of Corporate Security and School Safety and Safety Training

1968 – 1992 – Police Officer, Detective Lieutenant
1992 – Present – Chief Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Public Safety
1996 – Present – President, Ronald J. Christopher & Associates
State College at Buffalo, Criminal Justice
1997 – Present – Medaille College, Adjunct Professor
1997 – Present – Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc.

Thomas E. Rowan, Director of Information Technology & Forensics

 1972 – Brooks College, Associates Degree
1974 – Basic Certification Course for Police Officers, CPS Academy
1977 – Advanced Police Academy Certification, CPS Academy
1977 – Law Enforcement & Forensic Photography, Winona Institute
1980 – Criminal Personality Profiling, FBI
1981 – Police Supervision Certification, CPS Academy
1984 – FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA
1990 – Executive Development
1994 – Narcotics & Task Force Command Certification
1995 – Intelligence & Crime Analysis Certification
1996 – Intelligence & Crime Analysis & Visualization
1998 – Child Sexual Exploitation Certification
1999 – Managing Death Investigations
2000 – Intelligence Analysis & Visualization
2004 – Money Laundering Investigations, IRS
2005 – IACIS Forensic Computer Examinations