Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins



Brian earned his Masters in Education at Seton Hall Universtiy


Brian is a consultant in Security and Public Safety to clients globally advising them on all aspects of their security, risk and emergency management programs.  Prior to working full time as the president and founder of the consulting firm, Group 77, Brian was the Chief of the Bergen County Police and Director of Public Safety for Bergen County, New Jersey retiring after 27 years of service. The Bergen County Department of Public Safety, where Chief Higgins served as Director, included the County Police Department, the Security Services Division, the Office of Highway Safety, the Office of the Medical Examiner, the Office of the County Fire Marshall, the Office of Emergency Management, the Division of Weights and Measures, the Division of Consumer Affairs, the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute, and the Public Safety Operations Center. Through the Office of Emergency Management, Chief Higgins was responsible for the development and oversight of the Continuity of Operations for county government and disaster preparedess for Bergen County's 70 municipalities.  During his tenure, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management began providing assistance to businesses in developing business continuity and emegency operations plans.  Brian is a veteran having served with the New Jersey Air National Guard (1984-1992).

Professional Memberships

International Associations of Chiefs of Police

ASIS International

Member of the Executive Board - Northern New Jersey Chapter of ASIS

Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education





Course Taught

Current courses:

Emergency Planning, Emergency Incident Management, Introduction to Homeland Security

Previous courses

Retail and Commercial Security, Introduction to Security



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Active Shooter
Bombs & Explosives
Criminal Justice / Crime Prevention & Reduction
Disaster & Emergency Response
Forensic Evidence
Hate Crimes
Juvenile Justice
Labor & Union Issues
Law Enforcement / Policing / Police-Community Relations
Opioids / Controlled Substances
Organized Crime
School Shootings
Sexual Violence / Intimate Partner Violence
Stop and Frisk
Terrorism & Violent Extremism

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Certified Protection Professional, (CPP), ASIS

Certified Sports Security Professional, (CSSP) NCS4

Certified Crowd Manager/Master Trainer, FEMA

Certificate in Anti-Terrorism Level II, (Anti-terrorism Officer) U.S. DoD 

Certified Medico-Legal Death Investigator, Saint Louis University School of Medicine