Joseph Esposito

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Joseph Esposito
Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Assumed office
Appointed by Bill de Blasio
Preceded by Joseph F. Bruno
Chief of Department of the New York City Police Department
In office
August 25, 2000 – March 27, 2013
Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik
Raymond W. Kelly
Preceded by Joseph Dunne
Succeeded by Phillip Banks III
Personal details
Born (1950-03-28) March 28, 1950 (age 67)
Profession Police Officer
Joseph Esposito
Awards Greenribbon.jpg NYPD Combat Cross
Blueribbon.jpg NYPD Medal for Valor
Mpd green.jpg NYPD Exceptional Merit
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Years of service 1968–2013
Rank 4 Gold Stars.svg Chief of Department

Joseph J. Esposito (born March 28, 1950)[1] is the New York City commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management[2] and a former New York City law enforcement officer. He was the Chief of Department of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 2000 until his retirement from the NYPD in 2013.


Esposito holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.


Esposito entered the NYPD in August 1968 at 18 years old as a Police Trainee. In April 1971, he was appointed a Patrolman, and began his career on patrol in the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn. He was promoted to Detective in May 1983, Sergeant in September 1983, Lieutenant in February 1986, Captain in June 1989, Deputy Inspector in August 1993, Inspector in August 1994, Deputy Chief in September 1996, and Assistant Chief in December 1997. On August 25, 2000, he was promoted to the position of Chief of Department, making him the highest ranking uniformed member of the department. In his career, Esposito has served in numerous commands of the department, including the 77th, 10th, 83rd, 109th, 34th, 66th, and 83rd Precincts, and in the Narcotics Division and the Detective Bureau. In his last assignment before becoming Chief of Department, Esposito was the Commanding Officer of the Strategic and Tactical Command (S.A.T.COM) Brooklyn North. As Chief of Department, Esposito directs and controls the daily operations of the five major enforcement Bureaus (Patrol Services, Detectives, Transit, Housing, and Organized Crime Control) within the NYPD. He also coordinates the crime control strategy meetings at which commanders share tactical information and recommend plans of action for realizing crime reduction goals. During his career, he has earned some of the department's most honored and prestigious awards, including the Combat Cross, the Medal for Valor, and the Exceptional Merit award.

Esposito led the NYPD response to the September 11th attacks. Years later in an interview with WNBC, he described the attacks as the most haunting moment of his career.


In April 2006, New York State Senator Simcha Felder accused Esposito of using inappropriate language when Esposito attempted to quell individuals who entered a police station house during a riot in Borough Park. Felder indicated that he personally heard the chief say, "Get the fucking Jews out of here."[3] However, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates police misconduct, later found the accusation against Esposito unsubstantiated, but did reprimand Chief Esposito for using profanity.[3] When subsequently asked to comment on the Review Board's finding, Felder's office stated that Felder had "no comment" about the incident and that he "wants to put the matter behind him".[3]

In 2011, Esposito directed the arrests of hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. In the civil litigation that followed, Esposito tried to avoid being deposed in one of the related cases.[4]

In a video taken on St. Patrick's Day in 2012 and later obtained by the Daily News, Esposito was seen shoving protesters and, at least once, using a nightstick to strike a protester.[5]

In September 2012, Esposito was photographed while restraining a slim-build female Occupy Wall Street activist. The photograph was noted in the Letters to the Editor section of the Daily News, since it appeared that Esposito had placed the activist into a "chokehold."[6]

In 2015, the NYPD was accused of destroying evidence related to a federal class action lawsuit regarding the department's alleged practice of issuing "850,000 bogus summonses" according to a quota system. Amongst the e-mails that the department was accused of refusing to deliver to plaintiffs in the lawsuit were communications sent by Esposito regarding the summons' program.[7]

Dates of Rank[edit]

Sworn in as a Police Trainee - 1968
Appointed as a Patrolman - 1971
Promoted to Detective - 1983
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Promoted to Sergeant - 1983
US-O1 insignia.svg Promoted to Lieutenant - 1986
Captain insignia gold.svg Promoted to Captain - 1989
US-O4 insignia.svg Promoted to Deputy Inspector - 1993
Colonel Gold-vector.svg Promoted to Inspector - 1994
1 Gold Star.svg Promoted to Deputy Chief - 1996
2 Gold Stars.svg Promoted to Assistant Chief - 1997
4 Gold Stars.svg Chief of Department - 2000

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph F. Bruno
Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Police appointments
Preceded by
Joseph Dunne
NYPD Chief of Department
2000 – 2013
Succeeded by
Phillip Banks III