Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience, and served for more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) where, as a senior police executive, he managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism and other public safety operations. In March of 2014, Phil Pulaski retired from the NYPD as Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 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. Prior to being promoted to Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski served as the Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations where he was responsible for the NYPD’s public safety programs that resulted in enormous reductions in violent crimes (e.g., murder, shootings, rapes), property crimes (e.g., burglary, grand larceny, auto larceny), quality of life offenses (e.g., graffiti, aggressive panhandling, vandalism) and dangerous traffic conditions (e.g., fatal vehicle crashes, fatal pedestrian collisions, drag racing).
During his career in the NYPD, Phil Pulaski was commanding officer of numerous large units comprised of hundreds of officers including the Intelligence Division, Counterterrorism Bureau, FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, Manhattan Detective Division, Bronx Detective Division, Special Investigations Division and Forensic Investigations Division. He also served as a managing attorney in the Legal Bureau, a captain in the Internal Affairs Bureau and acting director of the Police Laboratory. Throughout Phil Pulaski’s career he always credited his success to the incredible bravery, intelligence and dedication of the men and women of the NYPD, and proudly spoke of the NYPD as being the greatest law enforcement agency in the world.
The NYPD was established in 1845 and is one of the oldest municipal police departments in the United States. The NYPD has 37,500 sworn officers and 19,000 civilian employees making it the largest municipal police department in the United States. The NYPD is responsible for providing public safety to the 8.5 million residents of New York City. During the past 25 years, the NYPD achieved spectacular declines in crime, ensuring that New York City has the lowest overall rate of major crimes in the 25 largest cities in the country.
The NYPD is divided into major bureaus for enforcement, investigations, traffic, subways and special operations. It has 77 patrol precincts with patrol officers and detectives covering the entire city. The department also has 12 transit districts to police the subway system and its nearly six-million daily riders, and nine police service areas to patrol the city's public housing developments, which are home to more than 400,000 residents. Additionally, uniformed civilians serve as traffic safety agents on the city's busy streets and highways, and as school safety agents, protecting public schools and the over-a-million students who attend them.