Willie Freeman began his 22-year law enforcement career in 1974 as a Patrol Officer in the New York City Police Department. He served in the 78th and 84th Precincts in Brooklyn. In 1979, he was assigned to the Police Academy, where he taught physical education, police science, and performed administrative duties as a Squad Commander. He was promoted to Sergeant and, subsequently, assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau. Mr. Freeman served in the 70th Precinct as a Platoon Commander and Integrity Control Lieutenant. He worked in myriad divisions in Brooklyn and Manhattan including Narcotics and the Internal Affairs Bureau. Mr. Freeman retired in the rank of Lieutenant.
During his tenure with the NYPD, Mr. Freeman recruited and trained thousands of officers and taught police instructions, policy, and procedure. The Department recognized his service with Excellent Police Duty and Meritorious Police Duty medals. After retiring from the Department, Mr. Freeman spent 17 years as the Director of Security Services/Chief Investigator for the Newark Public School District, where he managed security personnel and served as the primary liaison between the police, the community and the schools. He has since worked as a public school security consultant for Newark, Hempstead, and New York State. He successfully assists large urban districts in designing and evaluating school safety plans, performing facility audits, and initiating community-based violence prevention programming.
Mr. Freeman is a Police Commissioner designee to the Board appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
M.S., Long Island University; B.S., Saint John’s University; Graduate, Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, 182nd Session