Chief of Patrol James P. Hall, joined the New York City Police Department in January 1981, and began his career on patrol in the Midtown North Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1985: Lieutenant in November 1989: Captain in September 1996: Deputy Inspector in May 1999: Inspector in June 2001: Deputy Chief in February 2003. He has served in the 6, 70, 71, 112, 115 and Midtown North Precincts: the Brooklyn North Tactical Narcotics Division (TNT): Patrol Borough Brooklyn North: Patrol Borough Queens North: Queens Narcotics Division: the Organized Crime Investigations Division: the Street Crime Unit: the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Community Affairs: and the Transit Bureau.
As Chief of Patrol, Chief Hall will plan, direct and coordinate the development of the Police Department's uniformed officers on patrol in eight borough commands. Previously, Chief Hall served as Chief of Transit Bureau and has served as Commanding Officer of the 71 and 115 Precincts, the Street Crime Unit, and the Office of the Chief of Transit Bureau. He has served as the Adjutant of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, and as Executive Officer of the 70 and 112 Precincts. In September 2005, he was handpicked to lead a contingent of 300 hundred NYPD Officers to Louisiana to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.