Sonne, is a recipient of the Combat Cross, the NYPD’s second highest award “granted to members of the service who, having received “Honorable Mention” awards, successfully and intelligently performed an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged in personal combat with an armed adversary under circumstances of imminent personal hazard to life.” He has also received numerous other medals and awards for excellent and meritorious police work, and is a member of the NYPD’s Honor Legion.
During his NYPD career, Sonne attended extensive specialized investigative training including several advanced Criminal Investigators Courses, Advanced Narcotics Training, Nikon’s Forensic Photography Course, Arson Investigators Course, Homicide Investigators Course, Sex Crimes Investigators Course, Explosives Investigation, Heavy and Automatic Weapons training, Pursuit Driving Course, among others.
Since retiring from the NYPD in 1989, Sonne founded and remains president of two private investigation agencies; Pinnacle Protective Services, Inc. in New York, and Sun State Investigative Services in Florida. He was also the founder and first president of the United States Association of Professional Investigators, www.usapi.org
As a private investigator, Sonne has gained worldwide recognition in the areas of product liability and insurance defense, representing such clients as Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group of America, Mercedes Benz, Electric Insurance Company, and many others, including some of Americas leading law firms and Third Party Administrators.
Sonne is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS, and a Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) through NALI. He was the Associate Editor-Law Enforcement at PI Magazine as well as a contributing author for Officer.com
Sonne’s book “Criminal Investigations for the Professional Investigator” is published by Taylor&Francis/CRC Press.
The author of many articles featured in PI Magazine and Officer.com. Sonne has recentlly authored chapters in “Basic Private Investigations” (2011) and the upcoming 2012 book entiltled, “Private Investigation: More Specialized Skills for the Private Investigator” both published by Charles C Thomas.