NYPD Response to the Oklahoma City Bombing

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. During his more than 33 year career with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life, traffic and other public safety operations. Phil Pulaski is currently serving as a sworn member of the command staff of the Miami Beach PD, and is managing the Criminal Investigations Section. In addition to conducting major crime investigations, his team is developing national standards for the use of RAPID DNA technology by crime scene technicians to expeditiously produce investigative leads.

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. Phil Pulaski possess 20 years of bomb operations experience; and, managed numerous post and pre blast operations including the Times Square attempted terrorist bombing on May 1, 2010 and NYC subway terrorist planned bombing on July 31, 1997. Additionally, he was trained by the FBI to manage incidents involving nuclear improvised explosive devices and has noteworthy experience regarding NIED operations.

The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist truck bomb attack that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 9:02 AM on April 19, 1995. Perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others. The blast destroyed or damaged 570 other buildings within a 16-block radius, destroyed 86 cars, and caused an estimated $652 million worth of damage. Until the international terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, and remains the deadliest incident of domestic terrorism in United States history.

Immediately after the Oklahoma City bombing occurred, Phil Pulaski led a team of NYPD investigators who responded to Oklahoma City at the request of the FBI. The investigative team arrived shortly before 12 AM on April 20, 1995, and during the next 2 weeks worked closely with the FBI, BATF, Oklahoma City PD, and law enforcement personnel from around the country. Phil Pulaski’s initial NYPD team was composed of Bomb Squad technicians and Crime Scene investigators. Subsequently, NYPD Emergency Service officers joined the team. Additionally, his team coordinated with members of the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force and several additional NYPD investigators who responded as members of other federal/NYPD Task Forces. Phil Pulaski worked with the FBI On-Scene Commander’s leadership team that managed this complex investigation to ensure leads were thoroughly investigated and evidence was properly processed.

All responding law enforcement officers, firefighters and other operational and support personnel worked seamlessly to ensure a thorough investigation of the bombing and successful prosecution of the perpetrators.

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IACP to Hold 125th Annual Conference and Expo in October 2018

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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. During his 33 year career with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life, traffic and other public safety operations. Prior to being promoted to Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations and Commanding Officer of several large NYPD 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. He also served as a Managing Attorney in the Legal Bureau, a captain in Internal Affairs Bureau and Acting Director of the Police Laboratory. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2011, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations; and supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks.

Phil Pulaski is currently serving on the command staff of the Miami Beach PD and is commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Section. He is leading a team of Miami Beach PD personnel and is collaborating with other law enforcement agencies to develop national standards and protocols for the use of RAPID DNA technology by crime scene technicians. Phil Pulaski is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and actively participates in the Forensic Committee and the Police Investigative Operations Committee. Phil Pulaski has given presentations at several IACP annual and mid-year conferences on a variety of law enforcement topics.

The conference serves as the foundation for IACP’s efforts to shape the law enforcement profession by delivering firsthand access to new resources, strategies, and techniques for navigating the evolving policing environment. Attracting law enforcement leaders from across the globe, the event allows attendees to elevate their agency’s effectiveness and explore solutions for the profession’s most critical challenges. Police veterans and law enforcement authorities will share their insights on a variety of topics through over 200 educational workshops. Topics range from leadership challenges and officer safety to at-risk populations and community-police relations.

In addition to educational sessions, the IACP Conference and Expo will host a number of special events. Law enforcement professionals will receive the chance to foster existing relationships and build new connections through networking events such as the annual banquet, a golf tournament, and the opening reception. The conference will also recognize law enforcement’s finest during the 12th Annual IACP Foundation Gala.

Baby Hope Case Baffles Cops for Two Decades

 

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience. During his more than 33 year career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, traffic and other public safety operations. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as chief of detectives of the NYPD where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. It was during Phil Pulaski’s tenure as chief of detectives that the Baby Hope murder cold case was finally solved, 22 years after the crime was committed.

On July 23, 1991, a badly decomposed, naked and bound body of a 4-year-old girl was found inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. With nothing to identify her with, and no missing-person report, the police had no name, and her circumstances of death remained a mystery. Named Baby Hope, she was buried with the words “Because we care” inscribed on her tombstone donated by detectives.

Detectives from the NYPD Cold Case Apprehension Squad never gave up, however, and every year, on the anniversary of the body’s discovery, they would hand out flyers and ask information from people in nearby neighborhoods. Finally, an anonymous tip in July 2013 led to the arrest of Conrado Juarez, 52, who confessed to raping and killing the girl, a cousin named Anjelica Castillo. Her family included undocumented immigrants and did not report her missing for fear of deportation. Juarez was charged with felony murder and was subsequently convicted.