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 and other public safety operations. As Chief Detectives, Phil Pulaski was responsible for more than 3,600 personnel who, during 2013, investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes (including 335 homicides), and arrested more than 39,000 offenders. Additionally, during Phil Pulaski’s career in the NYPD, he participated in the management of numerous crises and mass casualty incidents including bombings, terrorist attacks, building collapses, aircraft/train/ferry-boat/bus crashes, citywide power outages, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, hostage situations and high-threat apprehensions.
When Phil Pulaski was designated commanding officer of the Counterterrorism Bureau, NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly chose him to lead the NYPD’s crisis management efforts and to bring the NYPD into compliance with the United States (US) National Incident Management System (NIMS). Phil Pulaski was also tasked with writing the NYPD’s 330 page “Citywide Incident Management System” (CIMS) crisis management manual. He also taught 1 day training sessions regarding CIMS and incident management to 800 NYPD command staff personnel in the rank of captain through Assistant Chief.
NIMS is a standardized approach to incident management developed by the US Department of Homeland Security. The program was established in March 2004 in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 5 issued by President George W. Bush on February 28, 2003. NIMS is intended to facilitate coordination between all responders at the scene of a natural or man-made disaster or mass casualty event including terrorist attacks. The NIMS standard crisis management structure is based on 4 key organizational concepts: Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Center, Multiagency Coordination Group and Joint Information Management System.