Jim Kelly Headshot

Jim Kelly is a Sergeant with the Brick Township Police Department in Ocean County, NJ. He has been with the department since 2006. He has served as a Patrolman, a Marine Unit Operator, a Bicycle Patrol Unit Supervisor, Community Policing Supervisor, Public Information Officer, and liaison to the interfaith community. In addition to his role as an ABLE National Instructor, he has been a certified New Jersey police academy instructor since 2017 and an IADLEST national instructor since 2023. Jim is a Master Resiliency Trainer, specializing in officer health and wellness, and an ICAT train-the-trainer, specializing in tactical communications and de-escalation when dealing with people in crisis. Jim’s expertise include certifications in CIT, identifying substance use disorders and disabilities, critical incident stress management, and mental health. Other areas of instruction include cultural diversity, community policing, public information officer, public relations, search and seizure, use of force, police culture, and Methods of Instruction. In addition to his service as a police Sergeant and ABLE National Instructor, Sgt. Kelly enjoys running, snowboarding, roller skating, travel, public speaking, and writing literature, from poetry to non-fiction. One of his articles on ethics in war was chosen for publication in the West Point Journal of Politics and Security. Jim is also a lifelong musician and actively writes and performs music in a variety of contexts.