Patrick B. Kissane is a decorated Marine Corps Veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is a Retired Deputy Chief of Police who served as the Operations Commander for the Fort Lee Police Department with overall supervision of the Patrol and Detective Divisions, the Police Liaison to the Fort Lee School District and is the designated Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for the Borough of Fort Lee. He has over 26 years of experience in public safety and is recognized as an expert in school safety and school related policing. Deputy Chief Kissane is currently the Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers, Advisory Board member of the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators, member of the New Jersey K-12 School Security Task Force chaired by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, member of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Education Working Group chaired by the NJ Attorney General’s Office and NJ Department of Education, member of the School Security Committee of the New Jersey School Boards Association and member of the former School Security Task Force chaired by the United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
Deputy Chief Kissane was appointed by the Governor to an eleven member Legislative School Security Task Force as an expert in school safety and security. The Task Force members were tasked with developing and submitting a report to the New Jersey Legislature with recommendations on how to make New Jersey School’s Safer. To date, several new laws have been enacted based on the recommendations made by the task force. Senator Loretta Weinberg personally presented Deputy Chief Kissane with a joint legislative resolution from the NJ State Senate and the NJ Assembly recognizing him for all his contributions to School Safety in New Jersey over the past two and a half decades.
Deputy Chief Kissane has earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and also successfully completed the Rutgers University Certified Public Manager (CPM) course. He has achieved graduate certificates in School Security & Safety Administration, Emergency Management Administration, Homeland Security Administration and Global Security & Terrorism Studies. In addition to being an Adjunct College Professor, he is a certified police instructor and a nationally recognized speaker on numerous topics including Active Shooter, Drug Awareness, Gang Education, Cyber-Safety, Community Policing, Conflict De-escalation, School Resource Officer Training, and School Related Policing.
Over the course of his career Deputy Chief Kissane has received numerous awards including certificates of commendation, Unit Citation, two Meritorious Service Medals, 9/11 Service Award, and a Unit Citation for Valor. He has received the NJ Distinguished Service Medal from the NJ Department of Veteran’s Affairs. He was the recipient of the prestigious Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from The James S. Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence and a Distinguished Service Award from the Bergen County 200 Club.