Chief of Community Affairs Thomas M. Chan was appointed to the New York City Police Department in January 1982, and began his career on patrol in the 26th Precinct. Chief Chan also has served in the 5th and 7th Precincts, Highway Units 1 and 2, the Traffic Division, the Office of the Chief of Department, Patrol Borough Manhattan South; Patrol Borough Queens North; Patrol Borough Staten Island; and Manhattan South Detective Operations.
Chief Chan was most recently the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and previously the Commanding Officer of the School Safety Division. He also has served as the Commanding Officer of the 5th Precinct and Manhattan South Detective Operations, and was Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South, Patrol Borough Queens North and the 5th and 7th Precincts. Chief Chan also was Adjutant of Patrol Borough Manhattan South and Patrol Borough Staten Island.
Chief Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospital Administration from St. John's University and served as a New York City paramedic prior to joining the Police Department. He is a native New Yorker who resided in the Alfred E. Smith Houses on Manhattan's Lower East Side during childhood and attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Chief Chan speaks Cantonese and Toisan dialect, and is a former Vice President of the Asian Jade Society fraternal organization for law enforcement. In 2004 he became the highest-ranking Asian in the NYPD with his promotion to Deputy Chief. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Chief in 2010, the first Asian American to attain the two-star rank. Chief Chan resides with his wife and two sons in Manhattan.