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.