Benjamin B. Tucker

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Benjamin B. Tucker
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First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner
Assumed office
November 5, 2014
Appointed byWilliam Bratton
Preceded byRafael Piñeiro
Head of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
Assumed office
2009
Personal details
Born
Benjamin B. Tucker

1951 (age 67–68)
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Spouse(s)Diana Tucker
Alma materJohn Jay College
City University of New York
Fordham University

Benjamin B. Tucker is an American police officer and administrator who was appointed First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner on Nov. 5, 2014, in a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza in New York City. Commissioner Tucker is the NYPD’s 43rd first deputy commissioner. "This is an amazing moment and time in my life," Tucker said. "I joined the NYPD family on November 21, 1969, as an 18-year-old." He was sworn in as a police officer trainee at that time,[1] and is now second in command of the nation's largest police force with a uniformed strength just shy of 35,000, plus several thousand in support staff.[2]

Career[edit]

With more than four decades of experience in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. Tucker left the NYPD in the 1980s to work for the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and several other director positions with the Ed Koch administration. He also worked with former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. He ultimately retired from the force in 1991.

In September 1995, Mr. Tucker was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton and served as Deputy Director for Operations in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was responsible for funding decisions and recommendations resulting in the awarding and oversight of grants to state and local law enforcement agencies in excess of five billion dollars.[3]

Deputy commissioner Tucker is a recognized expert in community policing. Prior to joining ONDCP, Mr. Tucker served as a professor of criminal justice at Pace University. He has also worked as a consultant to the Urban Institute and as Director of Field Operations and Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Within government, Mr. Tucker served as Deputy Director for Operations at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Human Rights; Deputy Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services in the Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief Executive for School Safety and Planning at the New York City Department of Education.[4][5]

"He has an intimate understanding of crime, drug abuse, youth and the law," said Commissioner Bratton at a police headquarters news conference. "These areas make up the essential challenges facing the New York City Police Department this time in our history."[6] Mr. Bratton further commented that Mr. Tucker would be a powerful leader in an "extraordinarily powerful and impactful position,"[7]

Education[edit]

Deputy Commissioner Tucker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in 1977
City University of New York and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Fordham University School of Law.[8]

Joined the NYPD "quite by accident"[edit]

"I had a buddy of mine, James, ring my bell, and one morning he said, "Lets go take this exam" Tucker said. "I said 'What exam?'
And he said, 'Police exam,' and that's how it happened. It was quite by accident, but it turned my life around.[9] "I kind of grew up in
this department," he said, "and this department gave me opportunities , I would probably never have had as a kid from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn."[10]

Dates of Rank[edit]

Appointed Police trainee - 1969
Sworn in as a Patrolman - 1972
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Promoted to Sergeant - 1983
Active Retiree - 1991
3 Gold Stars.svg Promoted to Deputy Commissioner, Training - 2014
4 Gold Stars.svg Appointed to First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner - 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Reuters) (November 5, 2014). "New York City police commissioner names second in command". Reuters. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Parascandola, Rocco (November 5, 2014). "NYPD picks former Obama appointee for first deputy following Philip Banks' retirement". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ DCPI, NYPD (November 5, 2014). "Administration". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ NEWS from the BLUE ROOM, Press Release (September 17, 2002). "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and School Chancellor Joel I. Klein announce creation of New Office of School Safety and Schoolsafe Initiative". Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. ^ The White House, Press Release (June 22, 2010). "Benjamin B. Tucker Confirmed as ONDCP Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs; Brings 40 Years' Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Experience to Drug Policy Office". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Destefano, Anthony M. (November 5, 2014). "Benjamin Tucker tapped as Philip Banks' replacement for NYPD first deputy commissioner". Newsday. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Shallwani, Pervaiz (November 5, 2014). "Bratton Names New No. 2 at NYPD". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  8. ^ DCPI, NYPD (November 5, 2014). "Administration". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Parascandola, Rocco (November 5, 2014). "NYPD picks former Obama appointee for first deputy following Philip Banks' retirement". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  10. ^ Goldstein, Joseph (November 5, 2014). "William Bratton Names a New Deputy for the New York Police Department Amid Scrutiny". New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Rafael Piñeiro
First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner
2014
Incumbent