Detective Brian K. McAdams, Sr.

Detective Brian K. McAdams, Sr.

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 22, 2021

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Brian K. McAdams, Sr.

Detective Brian McAdams died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective McAdams had served with the Newark Police Department for 19 years and had been assigned to the 4th and 5th Precincts, Community and Clergy Affairs, Property and Evidence, and Candidate Investigations. He is survived by his wife and four children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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It was a pleasure working with you. You kept us laughing and always had a smile on your faceā€¦ you will truly be missed!! Rest peacefully!!

Shamayne Brown

September 23, 2023

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