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William Corcoran

William Corcoran
William Corcoran

Vice President of Facilities, Planning, Operations and Public Safety

William Corcoran is the Executive Director of Safety, Security and Crisis Management at Bergen Community College. He began his career in law enforcement in 1981, in the Village of Ridgewood, as a patrolman in the police department. As he moved through the ranks, eventually being promoted to Chief of Police, he also served as the Department’s Public Information Officer for many years. The Ridgewood Police Department is certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (“CALEA”), a nationally recognized organization. The Chief was responsible for reaccrediting the police department three times during his tenure.

Corcoran earned his Associate in Applied Science degree From Bergen Community College, Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from American University in Washington, D.C., and his Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. In addition to his duties as the Executive Director of Safety, Security and Crisis Management, he is a Past President of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association (BCPCA), past Vice-President of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), and the North Atlantic Regional Vice Chair of the Public Information Officers Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). William Corcoran has also been published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has been an adjunct instructor at Bergen Community College, where he also sits on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Chief Corcoran is a graduate of Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and has been certified as a Chief Law Enforcement Executive (CLEEP) by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

Corcoran has a strong community policing background, donating his time to many organizations including Multiple Sclerosis, Special Olympics, and Cancer Care, along with volunteering at the local food bank during the holiday seasons. He was a member of the Ridgewood Ministerial Society for 15 years, working hand-in-hand with all of the religious leaders and faith-based groups in the community. Additionally, the Ridgewood/Glen Rock Martin Luther King Committee honored Corcoran for over twenty years of service to the Committee. He is also a past member of the Ridgewood-Glen Rock Community Relations Advisory Board.