Early in his career, Eugene O’Donnell served as a police officer with the New York City Police Department, receiving 14 department awards for outstanding police service while working in Brooklyn. While attending law school, he was selected as a summer associate in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens District Attorney’s Office and later served as a senior prosecutor and supervisory prosecutor in the Kings County (Brooklyn) DA’s office. In both Queens and Brooklyn, he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases, including at trial. He has also been Director of Intake and Advocacy at the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and was a staff assistant to campaign manager Bill Lynch on the Committee to re-elect New York City Mayor David Dinkins. In 1994, he was law and police studies coordinator for John Jay’s branch campus at the Police Academy in Puerto Rico. For three years he was a trainer in the United States Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academies in Europe and Africa. Professor O’Donnell also assisted with the launch of the NYPD Police Studies program in 2001, which provides college credits to New York City police personnel. He was coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute from 2005 to 2008 (a leadership program for New York State law enforcement executives), is a certified New York state police trainer, has been a police academy instructor, and has taught in the Criminal Investigation Course for NYC detectives He is a frequent op-ed writer and his commentaries have appeared in the print/on-line New York Times, New York Daily News, Financial Times, New York Post, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Legal Times, CNN.com and the BBC World Service. He has written textbook chapters on police civilian review and minority-police relationships, human dignity and the police, and is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia’s of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Ethics. His 2010 journal article, “Ethical and Humane Policing” was published in the US State Department's e-journal, distributed worldwide. In 2008, he was invited to be a contributing writer for Newsweek (now Newsweek.com/The Daily Beast) and frequently appears on MSNBC and NPR.
In 2005, Prof. O'Donnell was a Visiting Professor at the United Kingdom’s Bramshill Police College where he researched community justice initiatives.
(Please note that Professor O'Donnell does not do expert witness work.)