Born in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Dublin, John F.
Timoney moved to New York with his family in 1961. Not long after
graduating from high school in the Bronx, he entered the New York
City Police Department, quickly rising through the ranks to become
the youngest four-star chief in the history of that department.
Timoney and the rest of the command assembled under Police
Commissioner Bill Bratton implemented a number of radical
strategies, protocols, and management systems, including CompStat,
that led to historic declines in nearly every category of crime. In
1998, Mayor Ed Rendell of Philadelphia hired Timoney as police
commissioner to tackle the city's seemingly intractable violent
crime rate. Philadelphia became the great laboratory experiment:
Could the systems and policies employed in New York work elsewhere?
Under Timoney's leadership, crime declined in every major category,
especially homicide. A similar decrease not only in crime but also
in corruption marked Timoney's tenure in his next position as
police chief of Miami, a post he held from 2003 to January
Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities documents
Timoney's rise, from his days as a tough street cop in the South
Bronx to his role as police chief of Miami. This fast-moving
narrative by the man Esquire magazine named "America's Top
Cop" offers a blueprint for crime prevention through first-person
accounts from the street, detailing how big-city chiefs and their
teams can tame even the most unruly cities.
Policy makers and academicians have long embraced the view that the
police could do little to affect crime in the long term. John
Timoney has devoted his career to dispelling this notion. Beat
Cop to Top Cop tells us how.
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