Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police
Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced June 24
the appointment of Assistant United States Attorney
Richard Daddario as the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner
who is currently serving as the U.S. Department of Justice’s attaché in
, will assume his duties at the Police
Department in August.
“A law enforcement professional with valuable experience
prosecuting terrorists, Richard Daddario is a welcome addition to Commissioner
Kelly’s leadership team,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Richard’s skills will
complement the impressive counterterrorism operation the NYPD has built
from scratch that continues to attract top talent. We have no greater
responsibility than protecting our City from the threat of terrorism, and we
know that New
continues to be at the top of the terrorist target
“Richard Daddario brings vast experience and an
impeccable reputation in law enforcement to this most important post. As recent
events have shown,
remains a target for terrorists, and we need
talented leadership to help us protect against this continuing threat,”
Commissioner Kelly said, adding, “Richard fills this bill and more.”
Commissioner Kelly said that Mr. Daddario will be
responsible for the NYPD’s large complement of detectives assigned to the Joint
Terrorism Task Force, the Department’s counterterrorism training and programs,
Lower Manhattan and Midtown
Manhattan Security Initiatives and the Department of Homeland Security-funded
Securing the Cities initiative.
The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau also deploys
heavy-weapons “Hercules” teams, high-visibility patrol surges known as CRVs
(Critical Response Vehicles), mobile radiation detection teams and special
mass-transit protection. In addition, Mr. Daddario will oversee the
Counterterrorism Bureau’s “Shield” program, the Department’s public-private
security partnership, as well as its Threat Reduction Infrastructure Protection
Section (TRIPS), which identifies critical infrastructure sites throughout the
city and develops protective strategies for them.
As Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern
District of New York since 1996, Mr. Daddario was the supervising or lead
prosecutor in investigations and prosecutions of domestic and international
terrorism, and terrorist financing cases, as well as bank, mail and wire fraud;
organized crime and racketeering; domestic and international narcotics
trafficking; public corruption; violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,
the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and laws governing the
registration of foreign agents. He also prosecuted murder and other violent
In his current overseas posting, Mr. Daddario is
providing legal counsel to the U.S. Embassy’s executive staff, and acting as
liaison to Russian law enforcement on issues related to terrorism, narcotics
trafficking and transnational crime. He also provides technical assistance to
Russian government agencies and non-governmental organizations on law
enforcement, rule of law and human rights issues.
Mr. Daddario, 59, has served as trial counsel in numerous
jury trials, and has briefed and argued more than 20 appeals before the
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd
Circuit. He also has served as the Southern District’s Chief, Organized Crime
Unit; Deputy Chief, Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit; Chief, Narcotics Unit;
and Chief, General Crimes Unit.
He was awarded the U.S. Attorney General’s prestigious
John Marshall Award for Litigation in 2001, and the Organized Crime and Drug
Enforcement Major Case Award in 1998 and 2000.
Prior to joining the U.S. Justice Department, Mr.
Daddario served as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of
Investigation, and before that as Chief Counsel at the New York State Commission
of Investigation. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Counsel to the
U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee.
Awarded his law degree and undergraduate degree from
Georgetown University, Mr. Daddario has been a resident of
New York City for over 30 years, and is admitted
to practice in New
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the United States
District Court, Southern District of New York.
Mr. Daddario succeeds Richard Falkenrath in the