Phil Pulaski

  • Adjunct Professor


Bachelor’s Degree – Manhattan College
Master’s Degree – Manhattan College
Juris Doctor – St. John’s University Law School
LLM – Touro Law School

Phil Pulaski has 38 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, community affairs and other public safety operations. Additionally, he has been an attorney for 40 years.

As NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski managed 3,600 personnel who investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes including 335 homicides, and he was responsible for all NYPD forensic and digital evidence programs. Previously, he was the Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations where he implemented innovative community policing programs in partnership with extremely diverse communities. Phil Pulaski also served as commanding officer of the Counter Terrorism Bureau, FBI / NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, Intelligence Division, Manhattan Detective Division, Bronx Detective Division, Special Investigations Division and Forensic Investigations Division. Additionally, he served as a managing attorney in the Legal Bureau, a captain in Internal Affairs Bureau and commander of the Arson/Explosion Squad.

Phil Pulaski has extensive experience conducting counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and weapons of mass destruction national security investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. He also has successfully managed numerous mass casualty incidents involving bombings, hostage situations, aircraft crashes, hazardous materials, explosions and building collapses.

Phil Pulaski received a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University Law School, Queens NY, and a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree from Touro Law School, Suffolk NY. He practiced law for the NYPD for 30 years, wrote numerous NYPD legal publications and provided a significant amount of legal training including NY State Bar Continuing Legal Education courses. During Phil Pulaski’s career with the NYPD, he collaborated closely with senior executive assistant district attorneys from the 5 NYC District Attorney’s Offices and Special Narcotics Prosecutor as well as senior attorneys from the NYC Law Department. In partnership with the Innocence Project and NYC Medical Examiner, he was responsible for a $1.25 million National Institute of Justice grant that involved cataloging decades old NYPD DNA evidence. As Chief of Detectives his team implemented innovative new programs involving eyewitness identification, audio / video recording of custodial interrogations and physical evidence analysis to address potential wrongful conviction issues. Phil Pulaski also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, Bronx NY, and worked as an engineer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for 4 years.