Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly promoted three police executives and appointed new commanders in the Bronx and Manhattan South Patrol Boroughs, among other promotions Friday, March 26.
Assistant Chief Raymond Diaz, a 40-year veteran of the Department, will serve as Chief of Transit - a three-star bureau chief among the most senior of the Department’s executive ranks. Chief Diaz will oversee security in the New York City subway system, including 468 subway stations and the safety of over five-million commuters. The NYPD Transit Bureau is a force of approximately 2,600 officers.
Chief Diaz succeeds Chief James Hall, whose appointment to Chief of Patrol was announced March 1. Chief Hall's promotion will be formally recognized at the ceremony.
Police Commissioner Kelly said: “In February 2002, I named Chief Diaz commanding officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan North. In seven years there, he helped drive crime down by 33%, and he has more recently contributed to a 7 % crime reduction in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, where he has served as commander since last June.
“No one is more qualified to take on the challenge of securing one of the largest subway systems in the world than Chief Diaz.
“In 2006, we created a separate bureau dedicated solely to the safety of the transit system. Since its inception, the bureau has been led by Assistant Chief James Hall, under whose outstanding tenure subway crime fell to new historic lows, from almost 50 crimes per day in 1990 to five now.
“With his promotion to Chief of Patrol, he assumes command of 20,000 officers, more than any police department in the country. I’m confident that in this new capacity, Chief Hall will continue our historic progress in protecting the city from crime and terrorism.”
Also being promoted Friday are the current executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, Assistant Chief Carlos Gomez, and Assistant Chief Owen Monahan. Both men are being elevated from the rank of Deputy Chief. With the promotion, Chief Gomez becomes Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx, and Chief Monahan will continue to serve as the executive officer in the Transit Bureau.
Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell will serve as commanding officer for Patrol Borough Manhattan South, filling the vacancy created by Chief Diaz’s promotion.
Biographies for each executive follow:
Chief of Patrol James P. Hall will plan, direct and coordinate the deployment of the Department’s uniformed officers on patrol in the eight borough commands. Previously, Chief Hall served as Chief of Transit Bureau and has also served as Commanding Officer of the 71 and 115 Precincts, the Queens Street Crime Unit, and the Office of the Chief of Transit Bureau. He has served as Adjutant of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, and as Executive Officer of the 70 and 112 Precincts. In September 2005, he led a contingent of 300 NYPD officers to Louisiana to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He joined the New York City Police Department in January 1981, and began his career on patrol in the Midtown North Precinct. He has served in the 6, 70, 71, 112, 115 and Midtown North Precincts; the Brooklyn North Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT); Patrol Borough Brooklyn North; Patrol Borough Queens North; Queens Narcotics Division; the Organized Crime Investigation Division; the Street Crime Unit; the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Community Affairs; and the Transit Bureau. Chief Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.
Chief of Transit Bureau Raymond Diaz is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of New York City ’s entire subway system, including 468 subway stations and a daily ridership of over five million commuters. Previously, Chief of Transit Bureau Diaz served as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South and Patrol Borough Manhattan North, as well as the School Safety Division and the 25, 70 and 90 Precincts. In addition, he was the Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan North and the 120 Precinct. He joined the New York City Police Department in January 1970, and began his career on patrol in the 1st Precinct, serving in the 1, 25, 70, 71, 72, 90, 120, 122 and 123 Precincts, as well as the Patrol Borough Staten Island Auto Larceny Unit, Auto Crime Division, Staten Island Field Training Unit, Patrol Borough Manhattan South, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, and the School Safety Division. Chief Diaz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Staten Island. He served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from September 1967 through December 1969, and is the recipient of two Purple Hearts.
Assistant Chief Carlos M. Gomez recently served as the Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, and has also served as the PBQN Adjutant. He has commanded MISD, as well as the 90 and 106 Precincts, and was the Executive Officer of the 101, 102 and 103 Precincts. He joined the New York City Police Department in July 1984 and began his career on patrol in the 103 Precinct. He has served in the 101, 102, 103, 106 and 115 Precincts, as well as the Management Information Systems Division (MISD), Patrol Borough Queens North, the Applicant Processing Division and the Street Crime Unit. Assistant Chief Gomez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.
Assistant Chief Owen J. Monaghan currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Transit Bureau. He served as Commanding Officer of OMAP’s Resource Analysis Section, Transit Districts 1 and 34, as well as Transit Brooklyn Task Force and the 109 Precinct. In addition, he has served as the Executive Officer of Transit District 33. Chief Monaghan was appointed to the New York City Police Department in July 1981, and began his career on patrol in the 104 Precinct. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College and Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta. He is also a 2001 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University.
Assistant Chief Thomas P. Purtell is the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx. He has also commanded the Special Operations Division, as well as the 42, 44 and Midtown North Precincts, and the Orchard Beach Detail. He served as the Executive Officer of the 41, 44 and 46 Precincts. In addition, Chief Purtell commanded the Department's search and rescue operations at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was appointed to the New York City Police Department in January 1982, and began his career on patrol in Midtown North Precinct. Assistant Chief Purtell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Public Accounting from Hofstra University.