Chief of Strategic Initiatives, New York City Police Department
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 • 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Chief John Donohue was appointed Chief of Strategic Initiatives by Police Commissioner James O’Neill in 2018. He is responsible for developing, guiding and driving transformative enterprise-wide change in the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The NYPD is a 55,000 person organization with a $5.6 billion (US) annual budget, and is responsible for the safety and security of 8.6 million New Yorkers.
Chief Donohue was hired by the NYPD in July 1987. After attending the New York City Police Academy, he began his career on patrol in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1994; Lieutenant in May 1997; Captain in September 1999; Deputy Inspector in February 2004; and Inspector in June 2006, Deputy Chief in 2008 and Assistant Chief in 2011. He has served in the 1st, 19th, 20th, 33rd and 52nd Precincts, the Northern Manhattan Narcotics Suppression Initiative, Patrol Borough Manhattan South, and Patrol Borough Bronx. He was the Commanding Officer of the Resource Analysis Section and of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning, the NYPD’s primary strategic planning, research, assessment, and policy office. He recently served as the Executive Officer of the Intelligence Bureau, responsible for the administrative operations, legal, budget, and logistics for the largest municipal police intelligence operation in the United States.
He earned his B.A.in Political Science from Pace University in 1989; his M.B.A. from Manhattan College in 1997; and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2003. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. He graduated from the Police Management Institute at Columbia University in 2001 and attended executive education at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University during 2011. In 2016, he was elected Chairperson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Advisory Policy Board (FBI CJIS-APB). The APB provides guidance to the FBI Director for the shared information management systems that support the broader US criminal justice community.
He has served on a number of interagency working groups at federal, state and local levels on issues concerning law enforcement technology, accreditation, background investigations, school safety, juvenile justice and protection, and information protection and sharing.