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.

NYPD Pulaski Association Offers Scholarships

NYPD Pulaski Association
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A law enforcement executive with over 35 years of experience, Phil Pulaski retired as the chief of detectives of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2014. During his tenure with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski also served as the commanding officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and was active in professional organizations such as the NYPD Pulaski Association.

An organization established in the late 1950s, the NYPD Pulaski Association currently comprises around 1,500 active and retired New York City police officers of Slavic and Polish heritage. In addition to promoting brotherhood and supporting various charitable causes, the group awards more than $10,000 in high school and college scholarship funds each year. Applications are open to children and grandchildren of active and retired members of the NYPD who are also members in good standing of the Pulaski Association. Candidates must be prospective eighth grade graduates or individuals planning to take the Police Reserve Association College Scholarship Exam, which is open to college-bound high school seniors. Scholarship winners are announced in May and awards are given out at the Scholarship Night Presentation in June.

A False Tip Concerning a Bomb Plot in New York City

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski

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. He also supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. From 2001 to 2006, Phil Pulaski served as NYPD commanding officer of the FBI / NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, and commanding officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Division. During that time, Phil Pulaski was responsible for the NYPD programs involving (i) counterterrorism investigations (ii) human and electronic intelligence collection operations; (iii) intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination; (iv) counterterrorism technology evaluation; (v) critical infrastructure protection (vi) counterterrorism training; and (vii) the NYPD officers assigned to 11 cities in 9 foreign countries.

Among the high profile cases Phil Pulaski managed was one that involved a jeweler making a false subway bomb plot report in 2005. Centered on the Fourth of July holiday, the bogus report launched an intensive and expensive terrorist investigation requiring 40 personnel and covert techniques such as 24/7 surveillance. The guilty party was Syrian native Rimon Alkatri, who identified himself on the terrorism tip line as an Israeli citizen and gave details of a plot that cost authorities more than $100,000 to investigate.

With the motivation apparently revenge, Alkatri identified five Syrians working in the jewelry industry as suspects and provided specific details that led authorities to believe him. With charges being brought against Alkatri in 2006, the district attorney was calling for a mandatory seven years sentence upon conviction. Alkatri ultimately received a six month sentence for making the false tip.

Abduction and Murder Case of Etan Patz Resolved after 38 Years

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience, and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years. 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. While he was Chief of Detectives, he successfully managed scores of major investigations including murdered police officers, shot police officers, serial killers, civilian deaths resulting from police action, quadruple homicides, missing persons, mass casualty incidents and pattern sex assaults. Among the most famous high profile investigations that Phil Pulaski managed involved the 1979 kidnapping and murder of a young boy Etan Patz.

Etan Patz was a six year old boy who disappeared on his way to school in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan on his birthday, May 25, 1979. His disappearance helped launch the “missing children movement” that resulted in new legislation and new methods for tracking down missing children. The New York Times described the shock from the abduction as “reverberating across America.” Several years after he disappeared, Patz was the first child to be profiled on the “photo on a milk carton” campaigns of the early 1980s. In 1983, President Reagan designated May 25—the anniversary of Etan’s disappearance—as National Missing Children’s Day in the United States.

The breakthrough in the case involved the brother-in-law of suspect Pedro Hernandez contacting the NYPD in April 2012, with the suspicion that Hernandez might be responsible. NYPD detectives from the Major Case Squad and Missing Persons Squad skillfully interviewed Hernandez at a location in New Jersey near his home. The suspect ultimately confessed and described the way he had murdered a boy he had lured from outside the Prince Street bodega, where the parents still live, by offering him a soda. Hernandez was arrested on May 25, 2012, the 33rd anniversary of Etan’s disappearance, and charged with 2nd degree murder and 1st degree kidnapping.

Hernandez’s trial began in January 2015 and ended in a mistrial that May, when one of the 12 jurors held out. The retrial began on October 19, 2016, and concluded on February 14, 2017, after nine days of deliberations, when the jury found Hernandez guilty of murder and kidnapping. Hernandez was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison on April 18, 2017.