James P. O'Neill

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James P. O'Neill
File:James P Oneill.jpg
O'Neill in 2014
NYPD Chief of Department
Assumed office
November 3, 2014
Appointed by William Bratton
Preceded by Philip Banks III
Personal details
Alma mater John Jay College

James P. "Jimmy" O'Neill is an American police officer who has been the Chief of Department of the NYPD since 2014. Chief O'Neill is the 38th person to hold the post, which before 1973 was designated as Chief of Operations and prior to that of the Chief Inspector.

O’Neill joined the New York City Transit Police he began his career as a patrolman in Transit District 1. Four years later he was promoted to Sergeant in September 1987. in April 1991 he was promoted within the ranks to Lieutenant. Later in that decade he was promoted to Captain in 1997. Additional promotions included that of a Deputy Inspector in December 2001, then to Inspector in August 2003, and Deputy Chief in October 2005. Then on June 2, 2014 O’Neill was promoted to Chief of Patrol the assignment he held prior to his current appointment.

"With more than 31 years of experience within the Department he has proven himself to be a respected leader".[1] "A true public servant, Chief James P O'Neill will further the mission of the NYPD and its leadership team," said Police Commissioner William Bratton.


Chief O'Neill holds a B.A. in Government and a M.P.A. from John Jay College.

Promotion to Chief of Department

As of October 28, 2014, it was reported that Chief O'Neill will now manage the department’s 35,000 uniformed officers as Chief of Department, the highest-ranking uniformed position.[2]

Dates of Rank

Sworn in as a Patrolman - 1983
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Promoted to Sergeant - 1987
US-O1 insignia.svg Promoted to Lieutenant - 1991
Captain insignia gold.svg Promoted to Captain - 1997
US-O4 insignia.svg Promoted to Deputy Inspector - 2001
Colonel Gold.png Promoted to Inspector - 2003
1 Gold Star.svg Promoted to Deputy Chief - 2005
3 Gold Stars.svg Promoted to Chief of Patrol - 2014
4 Gold Stars.svg Chief of Department - 2014


  1. DCPI, NYPD (May 23, 2014). "NYPD promotes James O'Neill to chief of patrol". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved October 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Goodman, J. David (October 28, 2014). "Shuffling of Top Assignments at New York Police Department". New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Police appointments
Preceded by
Philip Banks III
NYPD Chief of Department