Baby Hope Case Baffles Cops for Two Decades

 

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience. During his more than 33 year career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, traffic and other public safety operations. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as chief of detectives of the NYPD where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. It was during Phil Pulaski’s tenure as chief of detectives that the Baby Hope murder cold case was finally solved, 22 years after the crime was committed.

On July 23, 1991, a badly decomposed, naked and bound body of a 4-year-old girl was found inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. With nothing to identify her with, and no missing-person report, the police had no name, and her circumstances of death remained a mystery. Named Baby Hope, she was buried with the words “Because we care” inscribed on her tombstone donated by detectives.

Detectives from the NYPD Cold Case Apprehension Squad never gave up, however, and every year, on the anniversary of the body’s discovery, they would hand out flyers and ask information from people in nearby neighborhoods. Finally, an anonymous tip in July 2013 led to the arrest of Conrado Juarez, 52, who confessed to raping and killing the girl, a cousin named Anjelica Castillo. Her family included undocumented immigrants and did not report her missing for fear of deportation. Juarez was charged with felony murder and was subsequently convicted.

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NYPD Pulaski Association Awards Scholarships to Students

 

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NYPD Pulaski Association
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During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the 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, traffic and other public safety operations. Phil Pulaski is currently serving on the command staff of the Miami Beach PD and is commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Section. During his tenure in the NYPD, Phil Pulaski belonged to the NYPD Pulaski Association.

In 1956, about 30 police officers who had Polish heritage gathered at Prospect Hall in New York. Seeking to establish a Polish fraternal organization, they elected Sergeant Michael Labowski as the leader of the Pulaski Association. Over the years the organization has grown to include a membership of more than 1,500 active and retired New York City police officers who boast Slavic and Polish heritage. The NYPD Pulaski Association supports charitable causes, recognizes worthy police officers for heroic acts with the Medal for Valor, and offers a scholarship program.
Pertaining to the scholarship program, the association awards high school and college scholarships to members’ relatives. In order to qualify, applicants must meet certain specific criteria:

* The student must be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of an active or retired NYPD member who belongs to, and is in good standing with, the NYPD Pulaski Association.

* The student must be graduating from eighth grade or planning to take the Police Reserve Association College Scholarship Exam. This exam is for college-bound high school seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college.

Winners are announced in May with the awards ceremony occurring in June. They must attend the Scholarship Night Presentation ceremony to receive their award.

The NYPD’s Commitment to Counterterrorism

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NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau
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Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience, and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. During his 33 year career with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life, traffic 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. Phil Pulaski also was responsible for the NYPD programs involving (i) human and electronic intelligence collection operations; (ii) intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination; (iii) counterterrorism technology evaluation; (iv) critical infrastructure risk assessment and protection; and (v) counterterrorism training.

The NYPD is America’s largest police department, with 53,000 employees and a $4 billion operating budget. NYPD police officers have brought crime in New York City to an all-time low. In addition to crime fighting, the NYPD must be constantly vigilant to protect New York City from terrorist attacks. Consequently, significant department resources are committed to fighting terrorism.

Terrorism has evolved since 2001, and after the Paris attacks by ISIS in 2015, the NYPD created the anti-terrorism Critical Response Group unit. The 500-plus officers of the unit are working to uncover a range of terrorist attacks that could use anything from knives to trucks to bombs or biological weapons. The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, includes the Joint Terrorism Task Force, an innovative partnership between the NYPD and the FBI to improve terrorism detection and prevention. The department also created several specialized groups to focus on the many faces of terrorism. Each group implements different counterterrorism programs including emergency preparedness, public safety, harbor security, and weapons of mass destruction countermeasures.

Leadership in Police Organizations Utilizes Human Behavior Science

 

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Leadership in Police Organization
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Phil Pulaski is a law enforcement executive with over 35 years of experience. Phil Pulaski formerly served as chief of detectives of the New York City Police Department, and was responsible for 3,600 personnel who investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes, and arrested more than 39,000 offenders. During his career in the NYPD Phil Pulaski also served as Deputy Commissioner of Operations and Commanding Officer of several large commands including the Intelligence Division, Counterterrorism Bureau, FBI / NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, Detective Borough Manhattan, Detective Borough Bronx, Special Investigations Division and Forensic Investigations Division.

Phil Pulaski belongs to a number of law enforcement associations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The IACP will launch the 2018 series of its flagship leadership development program, Leadership in Police Organizations, in April.

The Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program draws from the idea that every officer is a leader and fosters leadership development using modern behavioral science concepts tailored to the environment of law enforcement. Course content is designed to help police leaders build an understanding of theories affecting human motivation, performance, and satisfaction in achieving organizational goals. Additionally, they learn frameworks for transferring knowledge and experience into effective actions and practice applying their learnings to real-world situations.

The curriculum examines leadership at three levels: leading individuals, groups, and organizations. Training takes place over the course of three weeks and delivers instruction through an applied learning model that incorporates interactive elements, such as role playing and class exercises. In addition, participants will learn strategies for influencing human behavior for optimizing motivation, performance, and satisfaction. Courses conclude with a group change project presentation, which gives students the chance to identify existing organizational issues and propose solutions.

Program dates and locations vary according to the hosting organization. For more information on upcoming LPO programs, visit theiacp.org/Leadership-in- Police-Organizations-LPO.