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In Memory of Tom O’Reilly

A former Director of the Center on Policing, Thomas O’Reilly passed away in 2020. Mr. O’Reilly’s distinguished career spanned both federal and state levels, and his dedication was instrumental in the development of the Center.

Among many other professional responsibilities over his lifetime, Mr. O’Reilly 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, O’Reilly supported the commitment of the DOJ and DHS to expand the country’s network of state and local Fusion Centers and implement the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). Appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, O’Reilly was also the Director of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Report (NSI) Initiative Program Management Office, and led a multi-agency team in the implementation of SAR to fusion centers as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement.

At the state level, Mr. O’Reilly worked as Administrator of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and as the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. He also served as Chief of Police Programs for the State Law Enforcement Planning Agency

Recognized for his professional achievements, Tom O’Reilly received the U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Award for Achievement and Leadership for the NSI, and was a two-time recipient of the Federal 100 Award for his efforts in expanding the adoption and use of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). The National Criminal Justice Association recognized O’Reilly’s lifetime service by honoring him with the National Lifetime Achievement Award and the Secretary of Homeland Security recognized him in 2012 for his lifetime contributions to public safety.