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Chief Cell Bio

Chief Paul Cell is the Immediate President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest association of police leaders serving members in more than 31,000 members in 165 countries.  He is a 40-year veteran of law enforcement and is the Chief of Police at the Montclair State University Police Department, a position he has held since his appointment in April 2001. During his tenure on the board of the IACP, he served as oversight Chair of the IACP National Security Policy Council (NSPC) which includes the Homeland Security Committee, Terrorism Committee, and the Intelligence Coordinating Panel. Prior to his leadership of the NSPC, he had oversight of the Technology Policy Council, which includes the Computer Crimes and Digital Evidence Committee, Communication and Technology Committee, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Committee, and the Law Enforcement Technology Section.

In 2013, Chief Cell was sworn in as the 98th President of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) and Chairman of the New Jersey Police Chiefs Foundation. He served on the board of the NJSACOP six years prior to his role as president.  Chief Cell continues as the NJSACOP International Executive Law Enforcement Liaison and Chair of the Critical Incident Response Committee.  In addition, Chief Cell served four terms as President of the Passaic County Police Chiefs Association.

Chief Cell was a 2017 and 2018 Director of the International Law Enforcement Federation, a United Nations recognized NGO. Upon his inauguration as President of the IACP, he was commissioned as a Special U.S. Marshal. In 2015, Chief Cell was inducted into the New Jersey Police Honor Legion, and in 2017, was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Chief Cell is a graduate of the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS.) He has received his BA and MA in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has successfully completed international leadership programs to include: Bramshill International College of Policing (Hampshire, England); Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Ottawa, Canada); Garda Siochana Police College (Templemore, Ireland); and Wroxton University (Wroxton, England.)  Chief Cell was part of a U.S. Law Enforcement Delegation to South Africa working with the South African Police Services. He has received trainer certifications in the areas of: Response to Terrorist/Suicide Bombing, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Threat/Risk Assessment (DHS/TEEX.) Chief Cell is a graduate of the LinCT (Leadership in Terrorism) training program.

He continues to travel extensively, conducting training and working with domestic and international law enforcement partners, governments agencies and officials.

Chief Cell is the co-author and editor of the textbook Creating Comprehensive Sexual Assault Response Teams, now in its second edition.  He was as a member of the working group of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence and is recognized across the United States for his work in developing sexual assault response and investigation protocols.

He currently serves on the national boards of LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs,) Operation Blue Shield, The Public Safety ISAO, and The Clery Center.  In 2016, he was named the National Law Enforcement Ambassador of Stan Lee’s “Hands of Respect” Project. Chief Cell is a co-executive producer of the military documentary Above the Best released in 2019.