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.