Patrick J. Harnett, M.A.
FBINA Chief of Police, Hartford, CT and retired Chief of Transportation Bureau, New York Police Department
Patrick J. Harnett was appointed chief of police in Hartford, Conn., following a distinguished 32-year career with the New York City Police Department. Chief Harnett began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1968 as a police officer, and he was promoted to detective in 1971. From 1983 to 1985, Chief Harnett served as a lieutenant and commanding officer of the Crime Stoppers Unit, and subsequently served as commanding officer of the Major Cause Squad and the Emergency Service Unit. In 1994, he was named executive officer to the chief of the New York City Police Department, and in 1995 he became commanding officer of the New York City Police Department's Narcotics Division. Chief Harnett's tenure with the New York City Police Department culminated in his 1998 promotion to chief of the Transportation Bureau, where he was responsible for managing over six thousand police officers and traffic agents in the Transit and Traffic Divisions. Chief Harnett was a key member of the management team which, beginning in 1994, reengineered the New York City Police Department and ultimately resulted in an unprecedented reduction in crime and a vastly improved quality of life for all New Yorkers. Chief Hartnett retired in 1998 to become the first deputy director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NY/NJ HIDTA), a federal program created to fund effective narcotics strategies involving cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement officers. An independent security consultant advising both public and private organizations, including the NY/NJ HIDTA since January of 2000, Chief Harnett has conducted operational and organizational reviews focused on implementation of specific law enforcement action plans and strategies. He also implemented COMPSTAT programs (a leadership and accountability management program developed in New York City Police Department) that increased effectiveness by clarifying lines of communication, authority and accountability.
Chief Harnett, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Iona College and a Master of Arts in criminal justice from the State University of New York (SUNY), is a graduate of the Police Management Institute of Columbia University, the Dignitary Protection Seminar of the United States Secret Service, the Criminal Investigation Course of the New York City Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.