Patrick K. O'Brien

Patrick O’Brien is the former Director of the Bergen County Department of Public Safety, which includes the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute – Police, Fire, and EMS Academies, and the Divisions of County Police, Emergency Management, Weights and Measures / Consumer Protection, Medical Examiner, Highway Safety and the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute. County Executive William “Pat” Schuber appointed Mr. O’Brien to this position in April 2001.

Mr. O’Brien also served as Director of the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute. The Institute is funded through the United States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The Institute trains and certifies members of law enforcement, business, education, community leaders and civilians in the concepts and philosophy of Community Policing. The Community Policing program at the New Jersey is one of only twenty-eight throughout the entire country and is recognized as one of the leading management and skills development programs in law enforcement. The program is currently in its sixth year. The Institute has received more than $4.6 million in funding for the development of Community Policing curricula and the training of more than 29,000 law enforcement professionals and civilians.

Mr. O’Brien previously served as Assistant to the Director of Public Safety for Bergen County New Jersey. In his previous position, Mr. O’Brien was instrumental in the planning and construction of the new facilities at the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy. In addition, Mr. O’Brien developed the proposal that created the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute and worked on Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for the certification of the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute, a distinction earned by only one other training agency in the entire country. While working in this capacity, Mr. O’Brien has helped to develop educational opportunities for college level and graduate level programs at the Public Safety Institute.

Mr. O’Brien earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Saint Peter’s College and a Master of Administration Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. O’Brien earned his Certified Public Manager designation from the New Jersey Department of Personnel and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mr. O’Brien is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Administrative Science in the Master of Administrative Science and Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies Programs. He is also an Instructor for the Human Resource Development Institute in the Certified Public Manager Program. Mr. O’Brien is also a Certified Instructor through the Police Training Commission and has taught numerous management courses for the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute.


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