James O’Neill MPA ’93 is New NYPD Commissioner

James P. O'Neill, MPA 1993, John Jay College
James P. O’Neill, MPA 1993, John Jay College

The Mayor today announced that James P. O’Neill, a 1993 MPA graduate from John Jay College, will serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner. As Chief of Department, O’Neill has been the architect of the NYPD’s neighborhood policing program, a growing initiative to strengthen the relationship between police and the communities they serve.

His specialization in the John Jay MPA program was Budget and Fiscal Policy.

As the architect of our neighborhood policing program, Jimmy O’Neill has built a national model for bringing police and the community together to fight crime. As the top-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD, Jimmy has spent each day ensuring that New York City remains the safest big city in America. Thanks to Bill Bratton, crime is at record lows and our police force is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced department in the country. Our next Police Commissioner’s decades of experience make him uniquely qualified to continue building on these incredible public safety achievements,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

O’Neill brings over 30 years of hands-on experience, tactical knowledge and operational expertise with the NYPD to his role as Police Commissioner. As Chief of Department, O’Neill reorganized the department’s command structure, led CompStat, and – through neighborhood policing, targeted enforcement and precision resource deployment – helped achieve the largest crime reduction in City history. Starting with his first job patrolling the A and D subway lines overnight in the 1980s, O’Neill has risen through the ranks at NYPD, serving in nearly every uniformed position in the force, before his 2014 appointment to Chief of Department.