Having retired as the Chief of Detectives of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2014, Phil Pulaski was an integral member of the NYPD for more than 33 years. Prior to being promoted to Chief of Detectives, he was the Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations directing the NYPD’s nationally recognized COMPSTAT process. From October 2001 to October 2006, Phil Pulaski was commanding officer of NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, Intelligence Division and FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force. Phil Pulaski praised the recent promotion of Rodney Harrison as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives. He knows that Chief Harrison is an outstanding leader and has extraordinary experience, knowledge and integrity. Chief Harrison will successfully lead the legendary NYPD Detective Bureau in the 21st Century.
The first African American to be promoted to Chief of Detectives in the NYPD, Rodney Harrison is a leader that should be imitated by all young people regardless of race, gender or religion. Chief Harrison, formerly the Chief of Patrol, described in a recent ABC News interview his background. He was born and raised in Jamaica Queens, and sometimes had a negative impression of the police as a young adult.
As late as college, Harrison had ambitions of attaining a job in physical education or as an athletic director at a college. However, his father encouraged him to join the NYPD Cadet Corps, that functions as an NYPD internship program, introducing potential law enforcement officers to police work in patrol precincts. This year long program turned out to be what Chief Harrison described as “one of the best experiences in my life” and completely changed his attitude toward law enforcement.
Today, in addition to his role managing the Detective Bureau, Chief Harrison still strives to connect with young people in the neighborhoods where they live, and is proud to represent a move by the NYPD Police Commissioner to make the police force as diverse as the city itself.
NYPD Pulaski Association
A law enforcement executive with over 35 years of experience, Phil Pulaski retired as the chief of detectives of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2014. During his tenure with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski also served as the commanding officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and was active in professional organizations such as the NYPD Pulaski Association.
An organization established in the late 1950s, the NYPD Pulaski Association currently comprises around 1,500 active and retired New York City police officers of Slavic and Polish heritage. In addition to promoting brotherhood and supporting various charitable causes, the group awards more than $10,000 in high school and college scholarship funds each year. Applications are open to children and grandchildren of active and retired members of the NYPD who are also members in good standing of the Pulaski Association. Candidates must be prospective eighth grade graduates or individuals planning to take the Police Reserve Association College Scholarship Exam, which is open to college-bound high school seniors. Scholarship winners are announced in May and awards are given out at the Scholarship Night Presentation in June.
During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the NYC Police Department (NYPD) with more than 33 years of law enforcement experience including 22 years of executive experience managing patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life and other public safety operations. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. During Phil Pulaski’s tenure, the Joint Terrorist Task Force and Intelligence Division prevented several serious terrorist attacks from occurring in NYC. Among his professional activities, Phil Pulaski is an active member of multiple law enforcement organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
A nonprofit organization founded in 1893, the IACP is committed to supporting police leaders around the globe, and, in 2019, it will host the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, from October 26 to October 29. The conference welcomes qualified non-members, members, and exhibitors. Reasons to consider registering for the 2019 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition include:
1. Networking. While some conferences bring together thousands of individuals committed to law enforcement, the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is specifically designed to meet the networking needs of police leaders. Approximately 15,000 attendees are expected in 2019.
2. Continuing education. The 2019 conference will feature more than 200 educational workshops to help police leaders address their most pressing challenges, from leadership challenges to officer recruitment and retention.
3. Technology-based solutions. In the Exposition Hall, providers of law enforcement solutions will demonstrate and answer questions related to the latest and emerging technologies.
Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski retired from the NYPD during March 2014 after more than 33 years of dedicated service. Phil Pulaski received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1980 from St. John’s University School of Law and a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree from Touro Law School in 2017. He practiced law privately and for the NYPD for more than 35 years. Before going to law school at night, Phil Pulaski received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1974 and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering in 1975 from Manhattan College, Bronx NY. Phil Pulaski worked as an engineer for the US Environmental Protection Agency for 4 years prior to joining the NYPD on September 2, 2019.
During June 2013, Phil Pulaski delivered the keynote address at the 61st annual Environmental Engineering Alumni Club dinner at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, where he was honored for his more than 30 years of public service. In the audience were nearly 100 faculty members, graduate students, and alumni from the Manhattan College School of Engineering.
In 2018, a team of students from the Manhattan College School of Engineering led by chemical engineering professor Gennaro Maffia initiated the Water and Solar Power (WASP) project in Añasco City, an area of Puerto Rico still recovering from the after-effects of Hurricane Maria. The group focused on restoring reliable water and electricity access to Colegio De La Salle, a local school serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
During the first phase of the project, engineering students undertook preliminary measurements to ready the site for a solar grid, and developed a plan for installing a water tank. As the chemical engineering department implements plans to offer service learning trips over the next few years to complete the project, Manhattan College students have launched a fundraiser to support WASP and other initiatives in Puerto Rico.