Manhattan College Brings Renewable Energy to Puerto Rico

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski retired from the NYPD during March 2014 after more than 33 years of dedicated service. Phil Pulaski received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1980 from St. John’s University School of Law and a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree from Touro Law School in 2017. He practiced law privately and for the NYPD for more than 35 years. Before going to law school at night, Phil Pulaski received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1974 and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering in 1975 from Manhattan College, Bronx NY. Phil Pulaski worked as an engineer for the US Environmental Protection Agency for 4 years prior to joining the NYPD on September 2, 2019.

During June 2013, Phil Pulaski delivered the keynote address at the 61st annual Environmental Engineering Alumni Club dinner at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, where he was honored for his more than 30 years of public service. In the audience were nearly 100 faculty members, graduate students, and alumni from the Manhattan College School of Engineering.

In 2018, a team of students from the Manhattan College School of Engineering led by chemical engineering professor Gennaro Maffia initiated the Water and Solar Power (WASP) project in Añasco City, an area of Puerto Rico still recovering from the after-effects of Hurricane Maria. The group focused on restoring reliable water and electricity access to Colegio De La Salle, a local school serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

During the first phase of the project, engineering students undertook preliminary measurements to ready the site for a solar grid, and developed a plan for installing a water tank. As the chemical engineering department implements plans to offer service learning trips over the next few years to complete the project, Manhattan College students have launched a fundraiser to support WASP and other initiatives in Puerto Rico.

Touro College Launches Child Advocacy Clinic


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Touro College

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations.

Phil Pulaski holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York. While working full-time as an engineer at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Phil Pulaski attended St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, New York at night, and received a juris doctor degree in May 1980. He passed the New York State Bar examination in July 1980 and was admitted to practice law in New York State. Phil Pulaski was subsequently admitted to practice law in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY.

Phil Pulaski served as a supervisory attorney in the NYPD’s Legal Bureau for several years and, as he was promoted to higher executive ranks in the department, he continued to closely collaborate with the Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters particularly regarding the law involving search and seizure, arrest, eyewitness identification, interrogation and electronic surveillance. Phil Pulaski also provided a significant amount of legal training to members of the NYPD including 10 New York State Bar Continuing Legal Education courses.

Since retiring from the NYPD in 2014 and continuing to work as a law enforcement executive, Phil Pulaski attended Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law in Suffolk, New York at night, and received a master of laws advanced degree (LLM) in January 2018. While studying for his LLM degree, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated summa cum laude.

Touro College recently announced the opening of a Child Advocacy Clinic to provide free representation to children involved in family court cases. The clinic will be staffed by upper-level Touro College students who will assist clients with various issues ranging from child abuse, neglect, inadequate supervision, domestic violence, and custody.

The program will be steered by family law attorney and Touro College alumnus Danielle Schwager. Students will be required to be in court for a full day once a week and then spend another 12 hours a week preparing to meet clients so as to ensure their legal needs are met. Clinic hours will be supervised by Touro faculty. Ultimately, the program will benefit clients with free legal representation while giving advanced law students first-hand experience in family law matters.

NYPD Pulaski Association Awards Scholarships to Students


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NYPD Pulaski Association

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.

Leadership in Police Organizations Utilizes Human Behavior Science


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Leadership in Police Organization

Phil Pulaski is a law enforcement executive with over 35 years of experience. Phil Pulaski formerly served as chief of detectives of the New York City Police Department, and was responsible for 3,600 personnel who investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes, and arrested more than 39,000 offenders. During his career in the NYPD Phil Pulaski also served as Deputy Commissioner of Operations and 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 belongs to a number of law enforcement associations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The IACP will launch the 2018 series of its flagship leadership development program, Leadership in Police Organizations, in April.

The Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program draws from the idea that every officer is a leader and fosters leadership development using modern behavioral science concepts tailored to the environment of law enforcement. Course content is designed to help police leaders build an understanding of theories affecting human motivation, performance, and satisfaction in achieving organizational goals. Additionally, they learn frameworks for transferring knowledge and experience into effective actions and practice applying their learnings to real-world situations.

The curriculum examines leadership at three levels: leading individuals, groups, and organizations. Training takes place over the course of three weeks and delivers instruction through an applied learning model that incorporates interactive elements, such as role playing and class exercises. In addition, participants will learn strategies for influencing human behavior for optimizing motivation, performance, and satisfaction. Courses conclude with a group change project presentation, which gives students the chance to identify existing organizational issues and propose solutions.

Program dates and locations vary according to the hosting organization. For more information on upcoming LPO programs, visit Police-Organizations-LPO.