US Department of Homeland Security National Incident Management System (Phil Pulaski Crisis and Mass Casualty Event Management experience)

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.

Pace Law School

Phil Pulaski served in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for more than 33 years, and retired as Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. 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. 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 and the American Bar Association. Recently, Phil Pulaski became an adjunct professor of law at Pace University Law School and will teach an advanced criminal law seminar in the Spring 2021 semester.

Located 20 miles north of the heart of New York City, the hallmarks of Pace include experiential learning, faculty mentoring, rigorous skills training and cutting edge world class programs. The majority of classes have 19 students, which enables close faculty-student relationships. In May 2016, Pace University Law School was renamed in honor of Elisabeth Haub who was a tireless environmental advocate and philanthropist.
The Haub Family gave a significant financial gift to the Law School, the largest that Pace University has received in its history. The Haub family gift was used to establish an endowment that strengthens the school’s renowned environmental law program and funds innovative teaching initiatives. The gift continues to build upon Elisabeth Haub’s extraordinary legacy of promoting the progress of environmental law, with particular emphasis on activities that impact policy, promote a balanced approach to sustainable growth and reflect the global nature of environmental issues.