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Paul O'Connell, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice

715 North Avenue 
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 633-2111

Dr. O'Connell is a leading expert on the development and application of performance-based management systems in public agencies. He has been a full time member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY (USA) since 1994. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, (CUNY) where his doctoral thesis was The History and Development of the Compstat Model of Police Management (2002). He received an M.Phil. in Criminal Justice in 1999. Dr. O'Connell began his professional career in criminal justice in 1981, serving the New York City Police Department (NYPD) first as a police officer, and then as a Police Academy instructor, in-service trainer and curriculum developer. After receiving an MPA in 1984 and J.D. in 1989, he worked as a trial attorney with the firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Conn. He is the former Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Science and former chair of Iona College's Criminal Justice Department. He is a full professor and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducts funded research, publishes scholarly papers and lectures widely on the topics of police performance measurement, integrity management and law enforcement training systems. He is the author of Performance-Based Management for Police Organizations. Waveland (2007).

Dr. O'Connell has provided consulting services to a variety of government agencies in twenty-eight different states, including assessment of existing policing policies and practices, and development of proactive management strategies. Over the years, he has collaborated with the Center for Technology in Government (Albany, N.Y.), Giuliani Partners (New York, N.Y.), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Center for Society, Law and Justice (U. of New Orleans). In September, 2010, he received a Fulbright Grant Award, via the Fulbright Specialists Program and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), to work with the Turkish National Police (TNP), in Ankara, Turkey. From September 2010 - November 2010 he worked closely with the TNP to study and evaluate that agency's capacity to develop and deliver recruit, in-service, executive/leadership and "special" police training to personnel assigned throughout the country. He has provided similar services in Mexico City, Mexico. His next book is titled Police Performance Appraisals: A Comparative Perspectiv,. CRC Press (forthcoming).

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