William J. Brennan

William J. Brennan, an attorney, is the First Assistant Prosecutor in Salem County, New Jersey, a position he has held for approximately 2 years. Mr. Brennan became an attorney after a distinguished 25 year Philadelphia Police Department where he held the rank of Captain and was appointed the Executive Officer of the Department. He was instrumental in the development of Community Policing in Philadelphia, where he wrote the policy for and opened the police mini-station. Today Philadelphia has over 50 such stations. Mr. Brennan received several Community and Departmental Awards for his actions, and was recognized for his management skills by the Philadelphia Police Department’s Community Police Task Force in their report to the City. Mr. Brennan retired from Philadelphia in 1989 and was immediately appointed as the Director of Public Safety at the University of Pittsburgh where he managed all policing, security and transportation operations. During the 4 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Brennan, attended Duquesne University School of Law where he was awarded a J.D. degree in 1993.

Mr. Brennan, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University and at graduation was awarded the Criminal Justice Alumni Association award for overall scholarship and achievement. Mr Brennan has a Certificate in management from the Police Executive Research Foundation in Washington. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1993 and is currently an active member of the Bar of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Mr. Brennan opened a law practice in Philadelphia in 1995 where he specialized in personal injury cases. He also became recognized as an expert in police policy and procedure. He lectured extensively and worked for Thomas Cooney Associates, where he taught management and Supervisory Courses to police officers from various departments in Pennsylvania.

In 1996 Mr. Brennan Joined the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor. He quickly became recognized for his skill as a trial attorney and was subsequently promoted to Senior Trial Attorney, Executive Assistant Prosecutor and then to First Assistant Prosecutor, the position he holds today.


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