2020 NYS Bar Association

Phil Pulaski served in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for more than 33
years. He was sworn in as an NYPD Police Officer in September 1980 after he earned a
Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law at night and passed the
New York State Bar Exam. When Phil Pulaski retired from the NYPD in 2014, he had
served for more than 4 years as Chief of Detectives. Prior to being promoted to Chief of
Detectives, Phil Pulaski was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, and he also was
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 also served as a Managing Attorney in the Legal
Bureau, and practiced law for the NYPD for 30 years writing numerous NYPD legal
opinions and providing a significant amount of legal training. Following his retirement
from the NYPD, Phil Pulaski received a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree
from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School. While studying for his LLM
degree, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated summa cum laude. Additionally, Phil
Pulaski is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
For more than 140 years, the NYSBA has been the “voice of the legal profession in New
York State”. The mission of the NYSBA is to “shape the development of law, educate
and inform the public, and respond to the demands of our diverse and ever changing legal
profession.” The NYSBA advocates for state and federal legislation and works tirelessly
to promote equal access to justice for all including sponsoring a robust pro bono private
practitioner legal services program. The NYSBA has more than 20 Sections that focus on
various areas of legal practice including torts, real property, labor and criminal justice.
During the past several months, the NYSBA has provided lawyer assistance programs to
help lawyers, judges, law students and their families cope with the significant changes to
the legal system produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NYSBA offers confidential
assistance and peer support online and via the telephone. The NYSBA publishes COVID-
19 information and updates on their website along with tips for stress management,
efficiently managing a law practice while working remotely at home and
recommendations for minimizing health risks.
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Article 1-2020 ASCLD Forensic Laboratory Accreditation

PhilPulaski1Phil Pulaski has 37 years of law enforcement experience including more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and has been an attorney for 39 years. Phil Pulaski has a strong background in science. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, Bronx NY. He subsequently worked as an engineer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for more than 4 years while he also attended Saint John’s University Law School at night. 

As Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Forensic Investigations Division, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Operations and ultimately as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski significantly re-engineered the operations of the NYPD Police Laboratory, Crime Scene Unit, Latent Print Section, Bomb Squad, Computer Crimes Squad and DNA Liaison Unit. Together with the Director of the NYPD’s Police Laboratory, Phil Pulaski was responsible for ensuring the NYPD’s Police Laboratory was accredited twice under the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) “International Program” and once under the “Legacy Program”. This remarkable achievement was the direct result of the extraordinary professionalism and outstanding dedication of the hard-working NYPD forensic scientists.

ASCLD was established in the fall of 1974. At approximately the same time, a study was undertaken to identify the challenges facing forensic laboratories with a focus on quality control and quality assurance. The multi-year study revealed substantial deficiencies in forensic laboratory quality programs, and ASCLD created the Laboratory Accreditation Board (LAB) in the summer of 1981 to address this problem. ASCLD/LAB eventually incorporated as a non-profit corporation during 1988. By 1992, the organization had accredited 128 laboratories, including its first international laboratory, located in Adelaide, Australia. 

During April 2016, a significant change occurred in the forensic science community when the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) signed an affiliation agreement with ASCLD/LAB thereby merging ASCLD/LAB into ANAB. However, ASCLD supports forensic laboratories seeking ANAB accreditation by sponsoring an accreditation initiative entitled “Imagine Accreditation Tomorrow”. ANAB uses the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17025 and 17020 accreditation standards. After a laboratory is accredited, ANAB uses its Annual Accreditation Audit Report, proficiency testing reports, and laboratory visits to monitor a forensic laboratory’s compliance with the accreditation standards. 

 

How Law Enforcement Has Responded to the COIVD-19 Outbreak in the US

Prior to retiring from the New York City Police Department, Phil Pulaski oversaw a range of major investigations as the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department. Phil Pulaski’s career also involved working in other department areas, such as forensic science, information technology, and crisis and emergency management. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has mobilized units across departments and prompted various response. Among other actions, law enforcement response to COVID-19 has included changing policing and internal procedures and implementing new enforcement practices for ordinances and safety measures related to the disease.

Modifications to policing operations and procedures comprise some of the most widespread reactions in agencies nationwide. Many departments have instructed officers to avoid handling minor issues in person and to limit enforcement actions and proactive interactions. For instance, several states directed officers to issue tickets and summons in place of arrests for low-level offenses and to deal with reports of nonviolent crimes via phone or online. According to a joint survey released in April by the Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) on the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement agencies, 76 percent of the agencies polled had provided formal guidance to officers on reducing arrests, and 61 percent adopted policies to limit traffic stops. Moreover, agencies implemented strict hygiene, safety, and physical-distancing standards between staff, and many law enforcement organizations are offering physical and mental-health wellness resources to support officers and first responders.

Warnings from health organizations worldwide against close physical proximity and gatherings also prompted police departments to take an active role in preventing public gatherings and enforcing social-distancing guidelines. In March, New York, New Jersey, and numerous other state police departments began to task officers with dispersing groups in public spaces and city streets. They also imposed restrictions on playgrounds, parks, sidewalks, and other places where people gather. Additionally, agencies created new beats dedicated to patrolling these areas, and some like those in San Jose, California, began visiting businesses to ensure compliance.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Came to Law Enforcement Through Internship

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.