Patrick J. Carroll
Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll’s illustrious law enforcement career spans over fifty years. He was appointed Police Commissioner of the City of New Rochelle in 1993 and during his tenure has striven to enhance the professional stature of his officers on various fronts. At his direction, two years of college are now mandated for police hires and a college undergraduate degree for supervisors. He created a Police Foundation to provide officers with the most advanced technological and tactical tools to perform their jobs. Commissioner Carroll incorporated the philosophy of community policing throughout the agency, using the acronym PACT (Police and Community Together) became the mantle on how police delivered service to the community.
The results have been gratifying. The International Chiefs of Police have recognized the New Rochelle Police Department five times within a 10 year period, including two First Place awards for community policing and the coveted First Place Webber Seavey award for excellence in policing. New Rochelle is the only municipal agency in New York State to ever receive this award. In addition, New Rochelle has been in the top 12% of safest cities in the country with a population of 80,000 – 99,999 for the past ten years.
Commissioner Carroll came to New Rochelle after an illustrious 28 year career with the New York City Police Department. As a police rookie, he received the highest award in both the Police and Transit Academies. As his career flourished, he went on to teach in the Police Academy, coordinate “Operation Pressure Point” (the largest drug operation ever undertaken in the NYPD), command the busiest precinct in New York City, and lastly, as an Inspector, command the largest municipal SWAT team in the country (the Emergency Services Unit (ESU). During his last year with ESU, his 400 man unit responded to such notable occurrences as the first World Trade Center bombing, the Lufthansa hijacking and the Golden Venture slave ship.
Commissioner Carroll is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and received his masters at Hunter College, NY. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association, National Law Enforcement Associates, and the New Rochelle Police Foundation.
Commissioner Carroll has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, from the Adelante Award (Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association), PERF Leadership Award, Government Leader of the Year (New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce), and was entered into the Hunter College Hall of Fame. In May, 2016 he will receive the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor.