Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the appointment of Assistant Chief James Tuller as Borough Commander of Patrol Borough Manhattan South.
"Chief Tuller brings a wealth of experience to this new and demanding assignment, having served with distinction for more than three decades, most recently as Borough Commander of Queens North, where he presided over a 6% decline in major crime last year, and another 9% decline so far in 2007. His experience and responsibilities to date rival or exceed those of most major city police chiefs in the United States," Commissioner Kelly said.
Chief Tuller replaces Assistant Chief Bruce H. Smolka, Jr., who retired.
Previously, Chief Tuller was Executive Officer, Patrol Borough Manhattan North and Patrol Borough Manhattan South. He has also served as Commanding Officer for Police Service Area 5, Housing Borough Manhattan and Support Services for the Housing Police Department. Chief Tuller began his career as a police officer with the New York City Housing Police Department in 1973. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College. Chief Tuller is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and attended the University of Virginia’s Division of Education Program in Criminal Justice.
Chief Tuller and his wife, Sonia, reside in Queens. He has two adult daughters, Joy and LeeAnne.