Thomas O’Reilly serves on the Hillard Heintze Senior Leadership Council as a strategic expert on best practices in sharing intelligence and creating collaborative environments across all levels of government. His leadership in solving community issues and building mutually trusting relationships between police agencies and communities currently serves as a model for our country.
In addition to his position on the Council, he is the Director of The Police Institute, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, which supports collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement agencies in the areas of integrated research, public safety problem solving, community participation, operational support and criminal justice policy and practice development. The Police Institute serves as a neutral convener for police and community efforts including the Newark Violence Reduction Project, the National Network for Safe Communities, VEST, Cease Fire, and predictive policing services provided by the state fusion center to local police agencies. The Institute also supports collaboration efforts with police, probation, parole, court, community, corrections and defense.
From 2006 to 2010, Thomas served at the U S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Justice Management Division directing both NSI and National Information Exchange Model NIEM outreach. In February 2010, he was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General as the Director of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Initiative Program Management Office (PMO) to implement SAR to all fusion centers nationwide, state and local law enforcement and the major law enforcement components of the federal government. To date, this program has generated over 20,000 suspicious activity reports which resulted in 900 investigations.
At the same time, Thomas served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Bureau of Justice Assistance. In this role, Thomas supports the commitment of the DOJ and DHS to dramatically expand the country’s network of state and local Fusion Centers and implement NIEM.
Prior to his positions in the Federal Government, Mr. Thomas was the administrator of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, the organization responsible for oversight of the state police, homeland security, emergency management, fusion center operations, criminal justice system coordination, criminal and civil legal services and juvenile justice.
Thomas earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Police Management from Northeastern University in 1972 and a M.A. in Administration from Rider University in 1977. He also became a Certified Public Manager from Rutgers University in 1984. O’Reilly received the U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Award for Achievement and Leadership for the NSI in 2011 and is a two-time recipient of the Federal 100 Award for his efforts in expanding the adoption and use of the NIEM. The National Criminal Justice Association recognized O’Reilly’s lifetime service by honoring him with the 2007 National Lifetime Achievement Award.