Chair of Criminal Justice Department, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York
Former NYPD Training Officer
Dr. O’Connell is a leading expert on the application of Compstat model Police Management principles to public administration organizations. He has been a full time member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Iona College in New Rochelle since 1994. He received his Ph.D. from CUNY where his doctoral thesis was the history and development of the Compstat model of Police Management. Dr. O’Connell began his professional career in criminal justice in 1981, serving the New York City Police Department 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, CT. Presently, he is the chair of Iona College’s Criminal Justice department, where he also conducts funded research, publishes scholarly papers and lectures widely on the topics of police performance measurement, integrity management and law enforcement training systems.
Dr. O’Connell has provided consulting services to a variety of government agencies, 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, NY), Giuliani Partners (New York, NY) and the Center for Society, Law and Justice (University of New Orleans). Dr. O’Connell recently was awarded a Fulbright Grant working with the Turkish National Police.