Detective Brian Logan
Newark (NJ) Police Department
Detective Brian Logan always wanted to be a police officer and follow in the footsteps of his father, a Newark Police Mounted Officer. He began his career with the Newark Police Department in 1990, after serving two years with the Essex County (NJ) Sheriff’s Office. Currently, he is assigned to the department’s Crime Stoppers Unit and patrols the streets from 7 pm to 3 am. Yet, the work he does while off-duty is just as important to the citizens of Newark.
In a city riddled with gangs, drugs, and violence, Detective Logan began coaching football in 1998 as a way of mentoring troubled teenagers in the community. He has become a beacon of hope for the kids, and in many cases, the only father figure they have. According to The Star-Ledger, “… Logan, 47, has devoted his life, his money, his soul to helping young people in Newark.”
In the 14 years he has been a head coach, five of his players have been killed, and dozens of others have been arrested—several of them by Detective Logan himself. “He [Det. Logan] wants to save them all,” according to his wife, Shawn Logan.
Detective Logan says his work in both law enforcement and as a football coach gives him the “opportunity to mold young men, teach them values, respect, responsibility and relationships.” He says he “tries to be a positive role model in their lives so that one day they can go to college or [pursue] a profession and come back and give something great back to the community.”
In a letter supporting Detective Logan’s nomination to receive this award, Lieutenant William Brady of the Newark (NJ) Police Department stated, “This is an officer who not only juggles the responsibilities of family and work, but finds time to add full-time football coach to his already busy schedule. As Head Coach of the Weequahic High School Football Team, Det. Logan routinely acts as a father figure to many of the kids that play for him. This is a man that, again, routinely opens his home to kids who sometimes have no place to sleep and nothing to eat. This is done at Det. Logan’s own expense and, if he had it his way, in complete anonymity. This isn’t just a special Police Officer, this is a human being with a character of the highest order.”
For Detective Logan, the graduation of his son, Brian Logan, Jr., from the 115th Newark Police Recruit Class in 2010 was the continuation of a family history of service with the Newark Police Department. Detective Logan’s father was one of the earliest African-Americans to serve in the department. “I am proud that my son decided to continue the family legacy. My father would be very proud of his grandson today,” he said.
Detective Brian Logan, Sr. continues to serve with the Newark Police Department and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police as well as the Newark Bronze Shields, Inc.
Located in the Nation’s Capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.
Detective Logan, along with the other Officers of the Month for 2012, will be honored at a special awards luncheon in Washington, DC in May 2013 during National Police Week. In addition, their stories of heroism and service will be featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.
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