Thursday, August 13, 2020

2020 CT

Phil Pulaski has 37 years of law enforcement experience and was the New York City
Police Department’s (NYPD) Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600
personnel. During his more than 33 years serving with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed
patrol, investigative, counterterrorism and other public safety operations. In the
immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed
the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also
supervised jointly with his FBI counterpart numerous terrorism related investigations
including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. Phil
Pulaski also was responsible for NYPD’s intelligence collection and analysis operations
as well as the critical infrastructure risk assessment and security programs.
The FBI is the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for the prevention
and investigation of international and domestic terrorism within the United States.
Pursuant to Federal law, Federal regulations, and Presidential Directives and Executive
Orders, the Attorney General of the United States, acting through the FBI, will coordinate
the activities of the other members of the law enforcement community to detect, prevent,
preempt, and disrupt terrorist attacks against the United States. The FBI manages more
than 200 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) operating throughout the United States.
The JTTFs are composed of highly trained federal, state and local law enforcement
personnel including investigators, intelligence analysts, forensic technicians and digital
evidence specialists. JTTF personnel investigate leads, collect evidence, make arrests,
collect and share intelligence, and respond to terrorist threats and incidents. The first
JTTF was established by the FBI and NYPD in 1980.
The FBI defines international terrorism as “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals
and/or groups who are inspired by, or associated with, designated foreign terrorist
organizations or nations (state-sponsored)”, and defines domestic terrorism as “violent,
criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals
stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial,
or environmental nature.” The FBI website lists several ways people can protect
themselves from terrorist threats and report terrorist related suspicious activity. The FBI
recommends people always remain aware of their surroundings and prevent cyber
terrorism by carefully limiting the sharing of personal information via the internet.
Additionally, the FBI makes available to the public numerous guidelines for preventing
terrorism incidents including the Homegrown Violent Extremist Indicators booklet and the
Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

IACP Provides Resources to Officers to Address COVID-19 Challenges

Phil Pulaski served as the Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department prior to retiring in 2014. Actively involved in the law enforcement community, Phil Pulaski belongs to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak presenting unprecedented obstacles for law enforcement, this and similar groups continue to provide resources and guidance on preparing for and addressing outbreaks.

Among these efforts is educating law enforcement agencies and personnel on COVID-19. This is a vital task as the situation evolves and the scientific community continues to report new findings. IACP maintains a page on its website with basic information on the disease and new details as they become available. In March 2020, it posted documents informing agencies on how to prepare for COVID-19-related challenges and necessary changes in policies, safety measures, and response procedures. This includes suggestions for what steps officers can take for service calls involving people who are sick and new expectations about how to prevent exposure to disease and strict hygiene standards.

IACP also hosts regular online events such as webinars and virtual roundtables and listening sessions on COVID-19 subjects, such as the pandemic’s impact on the policing community, victim advocacy, and response to unrelated offenses. Presenters range from law enforcement professionals to police and victim advocates. These events, which are publicly available, often enable participants to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. IACP has also established an online community for its members to engage in discussion and exchange resources regarding the disease.

In addition to assisting with agency operations and officers’ duties, IACP helps to support the personal and mental well-being of law enforcement officers and their families. For instance, it offers information on safety practices and emergency-funding programs for those financially affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, IACP webinars and listening-session topics extend to mental health, stress management, and similar issues.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New NYPD Chief of Detectives on the Importance of Community Relations

In September 1980, 1 month after passing the NYS Bar Examination, Phil Pulaski joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He subsequently served as a police officer in the 77th Precinct in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. During the next 4 decades, Phil Pulaski received numerous promotions and ultimately rose through the ranks to become the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel assigned to more than 150 units citywide. As Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski implemented innovative new investigative operations, forensic initiatives, case management procedures and computer systems. Phil Pulaski applauded the recent selection of Rodney Harrison as the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives. Rodney Harrison is an extremely experienced, skilled and knowledgeable police executive, and a truly outstanding leader. Chief Harrison is the NYPD’s first African American Chief of Detectives and is a role model for all young people regardless of race, gender or religion.

In an interview with ABC Eyewitness News about goals for the NYPD, Chief Harrison discussed the core focus of cracking down on crime while forging stronger community relationships. Over his first five weeks on the job, he described a process of getting used to the transition from neighborhood policing as Chief of Patrol to a focus on follow-up investigations after the crimes occur.

While his new job is different in many ways, Harrison continues to embrace the neighborhood policing philosophy that centers on gaining the trust of local community members. This work includes the outreach efforts of police officers visiting schools and making young people aware of the NYPD’s community policing mission. Many of the serious crimes his detectives investigate are related to gangs, he notes, and when police make positive connections with youth, it can serve to keep the incidence of such crimes down.

Friday, March 27, 2020

New Rapid DNA Technology Expedites Analysis of Samples