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Chief Cell Bio

Chief Paul Cell is the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest association of police leaders serving members in more than 150 countries. He is a 39-year veteran of law enforcement and is the chief of police at the Montclair State University Police Department, a role 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 an unprecedented four terms as President of the Passaic County Police Chiefs Association.

Chief Cell was the 2017 and 2018 director of the International Law Enforcement Federation, a United Nations recognized NGO. 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. He was also commissioned as a special U.S. Marshal upon his inauguration as president of the IACP.

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 bachelor’s degree in public administration and master of arts degree 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 continues to travel extensively, conducting training and working with domestic and international law enforcement partners.

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 Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD), Operation Blue Shield, Public Safety ISAO, and The Clery Center. In 2016 was named the National Law Enforcement Ambassador of Stan Lee’s “Hands of Respect” Project.

In addition to appearing on television, radio and in national publications, Chief Cell has presented on a variety of law enforcement subject matters around the globe.