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About Brendan

Brendan O'Brien was a highly influential officer in the GMP

Brendan formed Bluelight as he retired from the police a few years ago. Since then he has gone on to inspire over 2500 to succeed through the police recruitment guidance delivered by Bluelight.

About 97% of those who attend Brendan’s Police Assessment Centre Seminars, online courses or 1-2-1 coaching have gone on to pass.

As a sergeant in GMP Brendan qualified as a police trainer, assessor and internal quality assurer with a responsibility for developing student police officers, police trainers and the assessors of police trainers. During this time he also studied for a Masters in Education where he was awarded a distinction for his research into improving police personnel evaluation and assessment systems. Following on from his research he was invited to join the Police Skills and Standards Organisation (PSSO – now Skills for Justice) Standards and Qualifications Steering Group where he provided support for the development of the police competency framework. He was also a member of the PSSO Assessment Strategy Group, which introduced the first national assessment strategy for the police service.

His last decade in the police was spent operational as a response and neighbourhood inspector.

‘Inspirational’ is how a Prime Minister, a Home Secretary, a Policing Minister and a Baroness have described Brendan’s work within the communities of Greater Manchester as a Neighbourhood inspector.

As well as supporting potential recruits Brendan also supports councils and police forces with workshops and courses on advanced problem solving and community engagement. He has spoken at several conferences on the subject and also advises in this subject area as a member of the International Advisory Board for Unity an EU project which is aiming to improve the relationship between citizens and the police across Europe. Brendan is also an associate with the College of Policing in their Organisational Development Unit.

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