Cumberland, Rhode Island , United States
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|Contributor||The Sunset Provision|
Jun 16, 2018 06:55pm
|Info||Brendan Doherty was born in 1959 in Attleboro, Massachusetts the second of three boys born to Edward and Carol Doherty. He graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts and attended college at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI and Roger Williams University where he received his degree in Criminology and later earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Ma. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership at Roger Williams University. |
Brendan joined the esteemed Rhode Island State Police in 1980 as a uniform trooper and proudly served for 24 years rising to the rank of Major before retiring in August 2004. During his law enforcement career he earned 24 Commendations for outstanding police work.
From 2004 through 2007 Brendan worked at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, RI as Director of Public Safety. In April, 2007 he returned to the State Police as Colonel, Superintendant and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety with responsibility for supervising the daily activities of 350 sworn and civilian personnel with an 80 million dollar budget and in addition, supervising the RI State Fire Marshal, E 911, Capitol Police, Municipal Police Academy and State Grants Administration Office. With a strong voice and a firm and unwavering dedication to his deeply rooted principles, he led the State Police and Department of Public Safety from April 2007 through April 2011.
Throughout his law enforcement career, Brendan received extensive and advanced training in leadership and ethics and lectured frequently on various topics including Racketeering and Corruption, Organized Crime, Gangs, Financial Crimes and Computer Crimes. He has traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study terrorism and to Pretoria, South Africa where he was invited to lecture on police corruption. He has also earned a Hassenfeld family fellowship through Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Brendan has demonstrated a true commitment to public service through his tireless volunteer efforts to help make Rhode Island a better place to live, work and raise a family. Some of the organizations he has served include Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers and Crossroads homeless shelter. He coaches youth basketball and is proud of a minority outreach program he began called “Building Bridges” in the Chad Brown neighborhood in Providence. Brendan’s generous support of public service has earned him many awards including the NAACP Community Service Award (2010),Cesar Chavez Award of Providence (2010), and the Rhode Island Big Brothers Humanitarian Award (2009), the American Red Cross Longfellow Life Saving Award (1998) & Bishop Feehan High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
Brendan and his wife Michele have been married 27 years and have two children, Matthew (24) and Shelby (21).
As a husband, father, coach, volunteer, businessman and former law enforcement official, Brendan knows first hand the values, hopes and dreams, as well as struggles and fears of the hardworking families in this beautiful state of Rhode Island; and is committed to providing an honest and stronger voice to make a big difference for our small, proud state.
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