THE DEATH has taken place of former detective superintendent and Herald crime analyst PJ Browne.
Mr Browne (62), widely regarded as one of the top serious crime investigators in the State, passed away in Dublin last night.
A native of Listowel, Co Kerry, he was based in the capital for most of his 35-year garda career. Before his retirement in 2009 he served as chief of detectives in Dublin’s south inner city, based at Pearse Street garda station.
Mr Browne also served in the Investigation Section, Garda Headquarters - otherwise known as the ‘Murder Squad’ - in the 1980s, as well as serving as detective inspector at the Bridewell and as garda in Cabra and Finea, Co Cavan.
Following his retirement he worked as a crime analyst with the Herald.
Mr Browne’s lifelong friend and former detective colleague Gerry O’Carroll paid tribute to him today.
“PJ was one of the most able and intelligent detectives who served in the force. His skills as an investigator and a compiler of books of evidence were immense - and drew considerable praise from the courts and prosecutors.
“As a detective you could not hope for a more loyal comrade and colleague. He devoted his life to his family and An Garda Siochana. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
"PJ was one of a kind. He was an excellent crime analyst for the Herald, unafraid to criticise the force and incisive in his commentary. He and his old colleague and friend, Gerry O' Carroll blazed a trail on this island as cop turned commentator," said INM editor in chief, Stephen Rae.
Mr Browne is survived by his wife Anne, daughters Yvonne and Patricia and son Eoin.