RETIRED, VETERAN FBI AGENT JOINS ACPO TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS


MAYS LANDING- Following his retirement last year, a 25-year veteran FBI agent who served in offices in Iraq, Japan, Spain and Mexico has joined the investigatory team at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, announced Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill.

ACPO County Investigator Edward Gallant retired from the FBI last year and last month he was sworn-in as a County Investigator at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Investigator Gallant was raised in Massachusetts, in a police family. His father retired as the Chief of Police of the Fitchburg Police Department and he was also an FBI National Academy graduate.  Investigator Gallant said that his father’s FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico was his first exposure to the FBI.

“The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is grateful for the opportunity to welcome Investigator Edward Gallant to the ACPO investigatory team. The staff at this agency will benefit from Investigator Gallant’s experience from his 25 years of service with the FBI,” said Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill.

Investigator Gallant served in the FBI from 1995 until 2020, where he was assigned to Philadelphia for 19 years and predominantly investigated robberies, drugs and firearms cases.  Investigator Gallant said that one of his most important and successful assignments was the formation of a task force in Bucks County, PA, to address the drug distribution and illegal firearms issues that were contributing to a string of murders and shootings at that time.  In 2008, Investigator Gallant received a Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) bravery award for his role in a shooting incident.

“I was a SWAT team member for 16 years, assistant team leader for eight years, and team leader for two years.  One of my final SWAT assignments was leading a team during the seven-week manhunt in the Poconos for FBI Top 10 fugitive Eric Frein,” said Investigator Gallant, who was also temporarily assigned to Iraq in 2006, Japan in 2016, and Spain in 2018.

In 2014, he was promoted to Washington, DC and supervised FBI investigations and personnel in Asia.  In 2016, he was promoted to run the Atlantic City office of the FBI and in 2018, he was promoted to be the deputy of the FBI Mexico office.  I retired from the FBI Mexico office in 2020.

“We are excited that Investigator Gallant is bringing his passion and expertise to our agency.  Investigator Gallant will be able to share his training and experience with the members of the Detective Division,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields.

A married, father of three, Investigator Gallant is also a licensed pilot and continues his long struggle to be a fluent Spanish speaker.

“I am extremely proud to join ACPO and reunite with my former law enforcement colleagues here, at very important time of transition in law enforcement,” said Investigator Gallant.

Welcome to the ACPO, Investigator Gallant!

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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