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Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Release #332-00

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Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today administered the oath of office to Bernard B. Kerik as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and to Joseph P. Dunne as First Deputy Commissioner.

Joining the Mayor, Commissioner Kerik, and First Deputy Commissioner Dunne at today's City Hall ceremony were several New York City elected officials, including Citywide officials, Borough Presidents, District Attorneys, and members of the City Council.

Also on hand were elected officials from New York State, New Jersey and the federal government; representatives of the New York Governor's Office; New York City Agency Commissioners; members of the New York Police Department; members of the New York Department of Correction; representatives from law enforcement agencies from around the country; and family and friends of Commissioner Kerik and First Deputy Commissioner Dunne.

"Today, it gives me great pleasure to swear in as Police Commissioner a man of proven ability, talent, and judgement." Mayor Giuliani said. "Bernard Kerik was critical to the Department of Correction's great success over the past six-and-a-half years. He led that Department to higher and higher levels of achievement with his talent and managerial skill.

"And now he will do the same for the NYPD, the largest and greatest police department in the United States. I have no doubt that Bernie will rise to the challenge, because he has risen to challenges throughout his career.

"In the New York City Police Department, Bernie served with distinction, earning assignment on the Justice Department's New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. On that Task Force, he helped direct narcotics investigations that resulted in the conviction of more than 60 members of the Cali Cartel. Bernie understands what leadership is all about. He knows how to inspire others to the highest level of performance, and expects others to rise to the same level," the Mayor continued.

Police Commissioner Kerik said, "I am honored that Mayor Giuliani has appointed me as the 40th Police Commissioner of this great City. I know and understand the difficult work that police officers do, and I pledge to every member of the Department that I will work with you, and for you. Together, we will continue the crime reduction efforts that have made the NYPD the premiere police department in the nation. Together, we will also work with the diverse communities of this City to ensure quality police services to every resident."

Bernard B. Kerik was appointed the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on August 21, 2000. As the leader of the largest municipal police department in the United States, Commissioner Kerik oversees a uniformed force of more than 41,000 officers, a civilian force of more than 14,500 which includes the 3,500 member School Safety Division and 2,000 member Traffic Control Division, and an annual budget of more than $3.2 billion.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Kerik served as Commissioner of the Department of Correction, a position to which he was appointed on January 1, 1998. He previously served for three years as the Department of Correction's First Deputy Commissioner and, prior to that, as the agency's Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and Director of the Investigations Division. He is credited with dramatically improving the safety of the city's jail system, reducing inmate-on-inmate violence by 93% over the past 5 years, and staff use of force by 76%. His tenure was also marked by greatly improved agency efficiency, including a 44% reduction in agency overtime expenditures and a 31% reduction in staff sick leave. His Total Efficiency Accountability Management System (T.E.A.M.S.) is currently a finalist for the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Commissioner Kerik served with the New York Police Department (NYPD) from July 1986 to May 1994, in both uniformed and plain clothes duty. He was later assigned to the most substantial narcotic investigations in the history of the Department, resulting in the conviction of more than 60 members of the Cali Cartel.

Before joining the NYPD, Commissioner Kerik served as Warden of the Passaic County jail, the largest county adult correctional facility in New Jersey, in 1986. There, he also served as the Department's Training Officer and Commander of the Special Weapons and Operations Units. In December 1997, Mr. Kerik was appointed by the Mayor to the New York City Gambling Control Commission. Mr. Kerik also chairs the Michael Buczek Foundation's annual fund-raiser that honors law enforcement across the nation.

Commissioner Kerik also spent three years in the U.S. Army as an MP, assigned to Korea and to the 18th Airborne Corps, where he trained Special Forces personnel at the John F. Kennedy Unconventional Warfare Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Commissioner Kerik, 45, lives in the Bronx with his wife Hala, and their five-month-old daughter Celine. He also has a 15-year-old son, Joseph, from a previous marriage.

At the City Hall ceremony, Mayor Giuliani also administered the oath of office of First Deputy Police Commissioner to Joseph P. Dunne.

"Joseph Dunne has enjoyed a superb career in the New York City Police Department, and the people of the City he serves are very fortunate to have him assume this vital, top position," Mayor Giuliani said. "I've seen Joe Dunne in action in many different circumstances, from supervising Compstat meetings at One Police Plaza, to restoring order and control in difficult situations in the field. Joe Dunne is a superb police officer, and a superb man, whose talents and experience in the NYPD will serve him, and all New Yorkers, well in his challenging new job."

First Deputy Commissioner Joseph P. Dunne said, "As I assume this new position with broader responsibilities, I look forward to working with the officers and the community. Together, we can make this Department all it can be and all it should be."

First Deputy Commissioner Joseph P. Dunne was appointed to the New York City Police Department in October 1969 and began his career patrolling the streets of Brooklyn's 75th Precinct. His rise through the ranks of the Department accelerated greatly beginning in 1994, when he was promoted to full Inspector. He was promoted in each of the following two years, first to Deputy Chief in August 1995, and then to Assistant Chief in June of 1996. In December 1997 he was designated Chief of the Housing Bureau. He was sworn in as Chief of Department, the NYPD's highest ranking uniformed officer, on July 10, 1999.

First Deputy Commissioner Dunne has served in the Patrol Bureau, Organized Crime Control Bureau, Detective Bureau, Personnel Bureau, Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and the Internal Affairs Bureau. He has been the Commanding Officer of the 75th and 81st Precincts, and also served as the Executive Officer of the 81st Precinct. One of First Deputy Commissioner Dunne's most successful accomplishments was the creation and implementation of the successful Strategic and Tactical Command (S.A.T.-COM) Brooklyn North concept, which accomplished the redesign of several traditionally separate command jurisdictions into a single cohesive structure.

As Chief of the Housing Bureau, First Deputy Commissioner Dunne was responsible for the delivery and coordination of police services to the more than 600,000 residents of public housing throughout the city, and managed a force of over 1,400 uniformed Police Officers.

As Chief of the Department, First Deputy Commissioner Dunne was the highest ranking uniformed member of the New York City Police Department, in command of the five enforcement Bureaus-Patrol Services, Detective, Organized Crime Control, Housing and Transit. He coordinated the crime control strategy known as "Compstat", which analyzes crime incidents via computerized statistics.

Appointed to his current title in August 2000, First Deputy Commissioner Dunne now serves as the chief executive assistant and advisor to the Police Commissioner. The First Deputy Commissioner assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Police Commissioner in his absence, administers budgetary, management and personnel functions of the Department. Additionally, First Deputy Commissioner Dunne supervises the discipline system, represents the Department in labor negotiations and advises all commanders on existing labor contract administration.

First Deputy Commissioner Dunne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Francis College, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from St. Francis College. He is a 1994 graduate of the Columbia University Police Management Institute.

First Deputy Commissioner Dunne and his wife Barbara have been married for twenty-six years and are the parents of two children: Danielle and Joseph. They live in Queens.

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