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About Brendan

About BrendanBrendan formed Bluelight as he retired from the police a few years ago. Since then he has gone on to inspire over 1% of all the police in England and Wales (over 1200) to succeed through the police recruitment guidance delivered by Bluelight.

Over 97% of the several hundred people who have attended his Police Assessment Centre seminar have gone on to pass and all of those who have had 1-2-1 coaching with Brendan have passed and achieved their goals.

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 described Brendan’s work within the communities of Greater Manchester as a Neighbourhood inspector.

Now it’s your turn – this website will provide you with all the support and guidance you need to succeed in the police recruitment process, to secure the specialist role or promotion you deserve once you are in the police, and to provide you with a source of continuous professional development as police officer or member of a community safety partnership.

Brendan hosts Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a visit to Sale Moor, Greater Manchester  

Greater Manchester Police's Sale Neighbourhood Inspector, Brendan O'Brien, greets Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a visit to Sale Moor Community Learning Centre Corporate and Media Imaging, Corporate Communications Branch, Greater Manchester Police. 0161 856 2777. Picture Desk 0161 856 2279.















Following on from Prime Minister’s visit, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith also recognises Brendan’s achievements in improving community safety in Sale Moor














 Baroness Helen Newlove visits Offerton in Stockport to witness a stronger community as a result of Brendan’s work 

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