Law enforcement consultant Todd Coleman has spent nearly 20 years in the Long Branch, N.J., Police Department, most recently as a member of its detective bureau, where he serves as a gang investigator. He also is a member of the department’s homeland security team.

Coleman is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, achieving the rank of corporal during his four years of active-duty service. While stationed with the Corps’ security forces in Guam, his interest in law enforcement took root. His battalion was charged with providing security to military forces on this U.S. territory island in the Western Pacific. The disciplinary and military skills he developed there provided him with the foundation to start a career as a police officer.

Beginning his tenure with the Long Branch Police as a patrolman in 1997, Coleman was assigned to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and subsequently took on new roles within the city’s department, including forming a bicycle patrol unit and joining its street crimes unit. In his current role as a detective, he has conducted investigations that range from theft to homicide.

Coleman is a member of the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association and the East Coast Gang Investigators Association.