New York City Police Commissioner

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Police Commissioner
of the City of New York
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William Bratton

since January 1, 2014
Style The Honorable
Inaugural holder Michael C. Murphy
Formation 1901
Website Office of the Commissioner

The New York City Police Commissioner is the head of the New York City Police Department. Governor Theodore Roosevelt, in one of his final acts before becoming Vice President of the United States in March 1901, signed legislation replacing the Police Board[clarification needed] and office of police chief with a single police commissioner.[why?]

The Commissioner is a civilian administrator appointed by the Mayor of New York City. There is a separate position of Chief of Department, the holder of which serves as the senior sworn uniformed member of the force.[1]



Prior to 1901, the NYPD was run by a board of four to six commissioners that jointly ran the department. The following is a list of some of the most famous members of the Police Commission:


Images of NYPD Commissioners at New York Police Museum

From 1901 onwards, the NYPD has been run by a single commissioner that solely ran the department. The following is a list of the commissioners:

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