After his United States Marine Corps service, Russell Di Perna joined the New York City Police Department, and retired from that agency on September 11, 2001. Immediately thereafter, he became a member of the Broward Sheriff's Office where he served on patrol in various districts. He was elected to the PBA Board of Directors in 2007. While serving with the NYPD, his assignments included patrol duty in Coney Island, Brooklyn's 60th Precinct. He went on to serve with the Brooklyn South Task Force. While there, he performed traffic duties and worked with street crime and auto crime units. In addition, he participated in training for crowd control and assisting emergency services in extricating barricaded subjects and in critical incidences. During that part of his NYPD services, he coordinated the training program for those duties. Russell has an A.A degree in criminal justice and a B.A. in history with a minor in political science from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master's program in public administration at FAU.