Donna Roman Hernandez was born, raised and educated in Newark, New Jersey. She is a former Police Captain and Patrol Commander who served 30 years in policing in the Patrol Division of both the Essex County Police and Caldwell Police Departments in New Jersey. She was the first female bilingual Hispanic Officer to be hired by Caldwell and to achieve the rank of Police Captain in the West Essex area of northern New Jersey.
Captain Roman Hernandez was the second in command of the Caldwell Police Department and also served as the Acting Chief of Police. She was the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Division, Domestic Violence & Victim Services Unit and the Caldwell Police Department’s Accreditation Manager. Captain Roman Hernandez was the first-runner up recipient of the National Positive Police Force Award for heroism in the line of duty having saved the life of a domestic violence teen victim.
Donna is a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Master Trainer, a Domestic Violence Response Team Trainer and a Police Academy Instructor. For eleven years she was a police trainer for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice’s Advanced Course for the Investigation and Prosecution of Domestic Violence. She served as a law enforcement Advisory Board member with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Board Against Sexual Violence.
She is the CEO of Blue Force Films, a film production company, based in New Jersey. Her films have garnered 38 indie international and domestic film awards, including, “The Ultimate Betrayal: A Survivor’s Journey” that chronicles the decades of domestic violence she endured in her home setting.
Donna was the Managing Editor and wrote a monthly column, Women in Blue for NJ Blue Now Magazine and hosted two radio show podcasts, The Jersey Beat and Tough Justice. Currently, she is a contributing writer for other police publications. An award-winning writer and public speaker, Donna’s new book, Battered Blue will be published in spring of 2019.
Donna was named Woman of the Year by the National Police Defense Foundation/State Troopers Coalition and the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey. She received Trailblazer Awards from the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement – NJ Chapter and the Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association; and a Service Above Self Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. For her volunteerism with the New Jersey Women’s Clubs’ Girls Career Institute, Donna received the Club’s Woman of Achievement Award.