retired as Chief of Police in Tenafly, NJ after 28 years of service with 11 years as Chief. His focus throughout his career was on improving the training of police officers, holding more than a dozen instructor certifications including Certified Police Instructor by the NJ Police Training Commission, Firearms Instructor, MP5 & Colt Subgun Instructor, and many others. He has been a featured instructor in a number of events including the statewide Police Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, instructing active shooter and terrorism response.
While Chief, he served as Chairman of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association SWAT Committee and authored the SWAT team standards that still apply to all tactical teams in the county. He was appointed as Chairman of the SWAT Regionalization and Specialized Services Committee by the County Prosecutor. The committee was tasked with regionalizing and streamlining all tactical teams in the county. The committee was instrumental in forming the Bergen County Regional SWAT team that is responsible for handling SWAT calls for a county with over one million residents.
Chief Bruno (Ret) is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University and an FBI-certified Crisis Negotiator. He holds ICS Certifications I-100, 200 & 300 from the NJ State Police, IS 700 NIMS and IS 800 National Response Framework certifications through FEMA. He is the recipient of the US Department of Justice/FBI Investigative Award, the Chiefs Achievement Award and multiple Honorable, Meritorious Service and Lifesaving Awards.
Upon retirement he was appointed and still serves as the Executive Director of the largest suburban food pantry in Essex County, providing food, clothing and other services for people in need. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Hackensack University Medical Center at Mountainside which he was appointed to in 2014.
To contact Mike Bruno, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.