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TRENDING List of Famous Police Chiefs

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List of famous chief of polices, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top chief of polices in the world? This includes the most prominent chief of polices, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable chief of polices is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic chief of polices were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned chief of polices.

A factual list, featuring people like Theodore Roosevelt and James Traficant.

From reputable, prominent, and well known chief of polices to the lesser known chief of polices of today, these are some of the best professionals in the chief of police field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous chief of polices ever?" and "What are the names of famous chief of polices?" then you're in the right place. (80 items)
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1858-1919)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States New York, + more

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian Polymath, + more

Credits: Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation, President McKinley Inauguration

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#9 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#48 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#6 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#7 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972 at age 77. ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Police officer, Writer

Credits: The Next of Kin, Parole Fixer, Queen of the Mob, Walk East On Beacon Undercover Doctor, + more

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#86 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#72 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#42 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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James Traficant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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James Anthony Traficant, Jr. was a Democratic, and later independent, politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. He represented the 17th Congressional District, which centered on his hometown of Youngstown and included parts of three counties in northeast Ohio's ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1941-2014)

Birthplace: Mahoning County, Ohio, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Profession: Politician, Police officer

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Bernard Kerik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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Bernard Bailey "Bernie" Kerik is an American former police officer, convicted felon, and consultant who served as New York City Police Commissioner from 2000 to 2001. Kerik was born in Newark, New Jersey. He served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977 before working various law enforcement ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Police officer

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David Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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David C. Hennessy was a police chief of New Orleans, Louisiana. His assassination in 1890 led to a sensational trial. A group of not guilty verdicts shocked the nation, and an enormous mob formed outside the prison the next day. The prison doors were forced open and 11 of 19 Italian men who had been ...more

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Age: Died at 32 (1858-1890)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Police officer

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Andrew J. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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Andrew Jackson Rogers was an American lawyer, teacher, clerk, police commissioner and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1863-1867. ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1828-1900)

Birthplace: Hamburg, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Police officer, Lawyer, Teacher

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Raymond Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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Raymond Walter "Ray" Kelly was the longest serving Commissioner of the New York City Police Department in its history and the first person to hold the post for two non-consecutive tenures. A lifelong New Yorker, Kelly had spent 47 years in the NYPD according to its website, serving in 25 different ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States New York, + more

Profession: Police officer

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Frederick Dent Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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Frederick Dent Grant was a soldier and United States minister to Austria-Hungary. Grant was the first son of General of the Army and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant. He was named after his uncle, Frederick Tracy Dent. The Grant family came from a line of Scottish and ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1850-1912)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Police officer

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