Thomas O’Reilly is the Executive Policy Advisor of the Center on Policing. He serves as an 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.
From 2006 to 2012 O’Reilly served at the U S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Justice Management Division directing both NSI and NIEM outreach. He was appointed by the US Attorney General as the Director of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Report (NSI) Initiative Program Management Office (PMO) in February, 2010. He lead a team of representatives from the Department of Justice, the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and State, Local, and Tribal agencies in the implementation of 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, 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 supports the commitment of the DOJ and DHS to dramatically expand the country’s network of state and local Fusion Centers and implement the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). O’Reilly was also a member of the Fusion Center PMO Advisory Board, which develops policies and implements the goals of the National Strategy for Information Sharing for 72 Fusion Centers and served as the co-chair of the Joint Training and Technical Assistance Program which has supported the network of fusion centers with assistance from privacy to technology.
Prior to his positions in the federal government, Mr. O’Reilly was 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. Mr. O’Reilly also served as the assistant director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice as well as Chief of Police Programs for the State Law Enforcement Planning Agency, and was the planning officer for the Trenton, NJ, Police Division.
O’Reilly 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 National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the NSI. He received the Marvin Award from the National Attorney General’s Association, 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.
Previously, Mr. O’Reilly was elected President of the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and Vice Chairman of DOJ’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the National Crime Information Center Advisory Committee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board. He currently serves on the IACP Research Advisory Committee and the Global Intelligence Working Group.