Garry McCarthy

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Garry Francis McCarthy
Born (1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 55)
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Newark Police Department
Chicago Police Department

Garry Francis McCarthy (born May 4, 1959) is the current Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[1]

Law enforcement career[edit]

New York Police Department[edit]

McCarthy joined the New York City Police Department in 1981 at age 22. He rose through the ranks and became Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 2000. While there, he held a variety of positions around the city, was commander of several different precincts, and eventually was in charge of the NYPD's CompStat program.[2]

Newark Police Department[edit]

In 2006, McCarthy left his position with the New York Police Department to take over the Police Department of Newark, New Jersey. He was chosen for this role by Mayor Cory Booker,[3] and appeared with Booker in the documentary series Brick City. McCarthy presided over a sharp reduction in crime during his tenure in Booker's administration in Newark with homicides declining 28 percent, shootings declining 46 percent, and overall crime declining 21 percent.[4]

Chicago Police Department[edit]

McCarthy was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take over the Chicago Police Department shortly after Emanuel's election in early 2011. The number of crimes[5] murders in Chicago has plummeted under his tenure declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013.[6] In a investigative article by Chicago Magazine reporters David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, it was asserted that the decline was in part due to the unjustified re-categorization of murders as undetermined and then if it is later determined to be a murder, tallying the total to the prior years' statistics.[7][5][8] McCarthy responded that the article is “patently false” and criticized its near total reliance on anonymous sources.[9] A 2012 audit by the Chicago Inspector General determined that the Chicago Police Department had under-counted aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims by 25 percent by not following state guidelines by counting each incident rather than each victim.[10][11][12] McCarthy attributed the error to the administration of the prior police superintendent, Jody Weis.[10][11]

McCarthy was among the figures followed in the 2014 documentary series Chicagoland.


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