Chief Brendan Cox (Ret.)


Chief (retired) Brendan Cox is the Director of Policing Strategies at the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) National Support Bureau where he provides strategic guidance on the implementation of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity to jurisdictions around the world. Cox was previously employed with the Albany, New York, Police Department where he retired as chief of police in 2017.

Cox has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a member of the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and was appointed to the New York Governor’s Workgroup to Draft Legislation for Regulated Adult-Use Marijuana Program.

He is a speaker for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and a member of the Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association.