nypd promotes thomas m. chan to assistant chief

Last week, NYPD Deputy Police Chief Thomas M. Chan was promoted to Assistant Chief in a ceremony at police headquarters. With the promotion, Chan has achieved a two-star rank -- the highest held by an Asian American officer in the history of the Department: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly promotes a Hispanic and an Asian to highest rankings in NYPD history.

Chan, who is now in charge of NYPD's school safety division, was appointed to the New York City Police Department in January 1982, and began his career on patrol in the 26 Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in November 1985; Lieutenant in May 1989; Captain in July 1993; Deputy Inspector in August 1995; Inspector in November 2000; and Deputy Chief in October 2004.

He has served in the 5, 7 and 26 Precincts, as well as Highway Units 1and 2, the Traffic Division, the Office of the Chief of Department, Patrol Borough Manhattan South; Patrol Borough Staten Island; and Manhattan South Detective Operations.

Before serving as Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South, Chief Chan has also served as the Adjutant of Patrol Borough Manhattan South and Patrol Borouth Staten Island. He has served as the Commanding Officer of the 5 Precinct and Manhattan South Detective Operations, and as Executive Officer of the 5 and 7 Precincts.

Assistant Chief Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospital Administration from St. John's University.

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