Mr. Patrick Byrne is the Head of the Europol Delegation in the United States, with responsibility for Strategic and Operational matters with the US and Trans-Atlantic partners including Central and South America. He joined Europol on Sept. 1, 2010, when he was appointed Head of Organised Crime Networks for South and South-East Europe. He later served as Assistant Director for the Operations Department covering all of Europe up to his deployment to the United States Office on July 1, 2012.
In 2014 he served as the Chairperson of the International Law Enforcement Association, which represents the International Liaison Officers in Washington, D.C., and counts on members from 36 countries and Europol.
Prior to joining Europol, he was a Detective Chief Superintendent in Ireland having served as an operational police officer there for 32 years. He now approaches his 40th year working in Law Enforcement which has included a broad range of senior leadership and operational policing responsibilities.
During his Irish police career he served as the Head of the National Security and Intelligence Branch (Subversive and Organised Crime), as the Chief Bureau Officer of the Multi-agency Criminal Assets Bureau, as the Head of National Drug Unit Operations, and within the Fraud and Economic Crime unit, where he took the lead in setting up the Irish Police Computer Crime Investigation Unit.
He has also served as a Rapporteur for the Council of Europe and as a Project Manager for Irish Police / U.S. Law Enforcement Training initiatives and EU Funded law Enforcement Programs.
He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Dublin with Degrees and Qualifications in Management Law, Management, Addiction Studies and Forensic Computing & Network Security, (BSc.Man. Dip Man Law, Dip Ad Studies) and he has successfully completed the Executive Leadership Program in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.