Joseph Esposito

Joseph J. Esposito
Joseph J. Esposito.jpg
Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management
In office
June 27, 2014 – November 30, 2018
Appointed byBill de Blasio
Preceded byJoseph F. Bruno
Succeeded byDeanne Criswell
Chief of Department of the New York City Police Department
In office
August 25, 2000 – March 27, 2013
CommissionerBernard B. Kerik
Raymond W. Kelly
Preceded byJoseph Dunne
Succeeded byPhillip Banks III
Personal details
Born (1950-03-28) March 28, 1950 (age 70)
ProfessionPolice Officer
Police career
DepartmentNew York City Police Department
Service years1968–2013
Rank4 Gold Stars.svg Chief of Department
AwardsGreenribbon.jpg NYPD Combat Cross
Blueribbon.jpg NYPD Medal for Valor
Mpd green.jpg NYPD Exceptional Merit

Joseph J. Esposito (born March 28, 1950)[1] is a former law enforcement officer and civil servant. He was the Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management from June 27, 2014 until his controversial ousting in November 2018.[2][3] Prior to that role he was the Chief of Department of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 2000 until his retirement from the NYPD in 2013.


Esposito holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.


Esposito entered the NYPD in August 1968 at 18 years old as a Police Trainee. In April 1971, he was appointed a Patrolman, and began his career on patrol in the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn. He was promoted to Detective in May 1983, Sergeant in September 1983, Lieutenant in February 1986, Captain in June 1989, Deputy Inspector in August 1993, Inspector in August 1994, Deputy Chief in September 1996, and Assistant Chief in December 1997. On August 25, 2000, he was promoted to the position of Chief of Department, making him the highest ranking uniformed member of the department. In his career, Esposito has served in numerous commands of the department, including the 77th, 10th, 83rd, 109th, 34th, 66th, and 83rd Precincts, and in the Narcotics Division and the Detective Bureau. In his last assignment before becoming Chief of Department, Esposito was the Commanding Officer of the Strategic and Tactical Command (S.A.T.COM) Brooklyn North. As Chief of Department, Esposito directs and controls the daily operations of the five major enforcement Bureaus (Patrol Services, Detectives, Transit, Housing, and Organized Crime Control) within the NYPD. He also coordinates the crime control strategy meetings at which commanders share tactical information and recommend plans of action for realizing crime reduction goals. During his career, he has earned some of the department's most honored and prestigious awards, including the Combat Cross, the Medal for Valor, and the Exceptional Merit award.

Esposito led the NYPD response to the September 11th attacks. Years later in an interview with WNBC, he described the attacks as the most haunting moment of his career.


In April 2006, New York State Senator Simcha Felder accused Esposito of using inappropriate language when Esposito attempted to quell individuals who entered a police station house during a riot in Borough Park. Felder indicated that he personally heard the chief say, "Get the fucking Jews out of here."[4] However, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates police misconduct, later found the accusation against Esposito unsubstantiated, but did reprimand Chief Esposito for using profanity.[4] When subsequently asked to comment on the Review Board's finding, Felder's office stated that Felder had "no comment" about the incident and that he "wants to put the matter behind him".[4]

In 2011, Esposito directed the arrests of hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. In the civil litigation that followed, Esposito tried to avoid being deposed in one of the related cases.[5]

In a video taken on St. Patrick's Day in 2012 and later obtained by the Daily News, Esposito was seen shoving protesters and, at least once, using a nightstick to strike a protester.[6]

In September 2012, Esposito was photographed while restraining a slim-build female Occupy Wall Street activist. The photograph was noted in the Letters to the Editor section of the Daily News, since it appeared that Esposito had placed the activist into a "chokehold."[7]

In 2015, the NYPD was accused of destroying evidence related to a federal class action lawsuit regarding the department's alleged practice of issuing "850,000 bogus summonses" according to a quota system. Amongst the e-mails that the department was accused of refusing to deliver to plaintiffs in the lawsuit were communications sent by Esposito regarding the summons' program.[8]

Dates of Rank[]

Sworn in as a Police Trainee - 1968
Appointed as a Patrolman - 1971
Promoted to Detective - 1983
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg Promoted to Sergeant - 1983
US-O1 insignia.svg Promoted to Lieutenant - 1986
Captain insignia gold.svg Promoted to Captain - 1989
US-O4 insignia.svg Promoted to Deputy Inspector - 1993
Colonel Gold-vector.svg Promoted to Inspector - 1994
1 Gold Star.svg Promoted to Deputy Chief - 1996
2 Gold Stars.svg Promoted to Assistant Chief - 1997
4 Gold Stars.svg Chief of Department - 2000

See also[]


  1. ^ "Paladium".
  2. ^ "Mayor names ex-NYPD chief head of Office of Emergency Management". New York Daily News. June 18, 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ "City Hall Planned to Quietly Replace Its Top Emergency Official. Then Things Got Complicated". The New York Times. December 4, 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Topic Galleries Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (November 2, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Judge orders Joseph Esposito to sit for deposition after Ebola, ISIS excuses were deemed 'not satisfactory'". The New York Daily News.
  6. ^ Burke, Kerry; al., et (March 21, 2012). "Video shows NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Esposito rapping protesters with nightstick". The New York Daily News.
  7. ^ "Readers sound off on Occupy Wall Street, Romney's 47% and the soda ban". The New York Daily News. September 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Brown, Stephen Rex (July 6, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: NYPD accused of destroying evidence showing cops issued bogus summonses to meet quota". The New York Daily News.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph F. Bruno
Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Succeeded by
Deanne Criswell
Police appointments
Preceded by
Joseph Dunne
NYPD Chief of Department
Succeeded by
Phillip Banks III