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List of notable or famous police officers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top police officers born in the United States and even some popular police officers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American police officers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These police officers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known police officer from the United States is included when available.

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Amy O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 52 Amy O'Hara is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Guatemala.

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Anthony Barksdale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Anthony Barksdale

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Benjamin Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1926-2002) Benjamin Ward was the first African American New York City Police Commissioner.

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Bernard C. Parks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 74 Bernard C. Parks is an American politician. He is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles. He served as chief of the Los Angeles Police ...more

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Bishop Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1927-2014) Bishop Lee Robinson, was the first African American police commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland. He was the police commissioner from 1984 until 1987.

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Brian S. Bentley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Brian S. Bentley Brian S. Bentley is an author and a former Los Angeles Police Department officer. His first book, One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer, graphically depicts his ...more

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Carol Shaya Castro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 48 Carol J. Shaya-Castro is a former New York City police officer and actress whose employment was terminated after she appeared in the August 1994 issue of Playboy magazine.

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Chang Apana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 62 (1871-1933) Chang Apana was a Chinese-Hawaiian member of the Honolulu Police Department, first as an officer, then as a detective. He was acknowledged by Earl Derr Biggers as the inspiration for his ...more

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Charles Becker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 45 (1870-1915) Charles Becker was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department between the 1890s and 1910s. He is best known for being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan ...more

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Charles H. Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 68 Charles H. Ramsey, is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. Prior to assuming that post in January 2008, he had served as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the ...more

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Charles Leppert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Charles Leppert Charles Leppert was a police officer.

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Charles Moose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 65 Charles Alexander Moose is an American author and former police officer. He is best known for his role as being the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend the D.C. snipers in ...more

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Clarence Bradford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Clarence O'Neal Bradford, known as C.O. "Clarence" Bradford, is a Houston City Council member, a former Chief of Police of Houston, Texas, and in 2008 an unsuccessful Democratic Party ...more

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Cristina Coria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 46 Cristina Coria is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Cook Islands.

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Dan James White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 39 (1946-1985) Daniel James "Dan" White was a San Francisco supervisor who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday, November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a ...more

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Dan Sakai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009) Daniel Sakai was one of the four Oakland, California police officers shot and killed on March 21, 2009 in a shooting rampage by parolee Lovelle Mixon.

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Daniel Faulkner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 26 (1955-1981)

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Daniel Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 53 Daniel Rodríguez is a Spaniard and Puerto Rican American operatic tenor from New York City. He became known as "The Singing Policeman" in his former work with the New York City ...more

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Daryl Gates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) Daryl Gates was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1978 to 1992. His length of tenure was second only to that of William H. Parker. As chief of police, he took a hardline, ...more

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David Mack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 56 David Anthony Mack, is a former Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums officer. He was one of the central figures in the LAPD Rampart police ...more

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Dennis Farina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1944-2013) Dennis Farina was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer. His most known film roles ...more

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Derek Poundstone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 36 Derek Poundstone is an American former professional strongman athlete from Waterbury, Connecticut. Derek Poundstone is also a police officer for the Naugatuck, Connecticut Police Department and ...more

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Earl Broady is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1904-1992) Earl Broady. A senior LA police officer who went on to become a Deputy D.A., and then a judge.

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Ed Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Ed Donovan is a SAG actor and the editor/publisher of In Focus Magazine, Florida's film, television and the arts industry magazine. A former Boston police officer, Donovan was the subject of a ...more

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Eddie Compass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Edwin P. Compass, III is a former Chief of Police of the New Orleans Police Department. He resigned as Chief of Police on September 27, 2005. Compass, who earlier said he was organizing a ...more

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Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 69 Eddie Money, is an American rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Rock impresario Bill ...more

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Edward Conlon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 53 Edward W. Conlon is an author and former New York Police Department officer.

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Eldrin Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Eldrin Bell is the father of Justin Guarini.

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Ella Bully-Cummings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 60 Ella M. Bully-Cummings was the chief of police of the City of Detroit from 2003 to 2008.

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Eric Hayes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States

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Eric Kelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Eric Kelly was a Pittsburgh police officer killed in the 2009 Pittsburgh Police Officer Shootings.

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Ervin Romans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Ervin Romans was one of the four Oakland, California police officers shot and killed on March 21, 2009 in a shooting rampage by parolee Lovelle Mixon.

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Eugene Moye Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Eugene Moye Sr.

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Forrest Griffin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 38 Forrest Griffin is an American retired mixed martial artist and a UFC Hall of Famer. Since 2005, he has been signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a former UFC Light ...more

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Frank J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 80 Frank Anderson served as Sheriff of Marion County, Indiana from 2003 until 2011 when he was succeeded by Sheriff John R. Layton, and is the first black individual to serve in that post. He is ...more

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Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 81 Francesco Vincent Serpico is a retired American New York City Police Department officer who is famous for blowing the whistle on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an act that ...more

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George F. Johnson, IV is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
George F. Johnson IV is the current superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2007.

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Gerard John Schaefer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 49 (1946-1995) Gerard John Schaefer, Jr. was an American murderer and suspected serial killer from Florida. He was imprisoned in 1973 for murders he committed as a Martin County, Florida Sheriff's deputy. ...more

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Harold James is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 75 Harold James was a Democratic politician, and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. James represented the 186th District from April 2012 through January 2013 after winning a ...more

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Harry Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Harry Edgerton Harry Edgerton is a former detective of the Baltimore Police Department. He is notable for his work in the Homicide Unit and on the investigation of drug dealer Melvin Williams with former BPD ...more

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Harry Harrison Aurandt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Harry Harrison Aurandt Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

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J. D. Tippit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 39 (1924-1963) J. D. Tippit was an American police officer with the Dallas Police Department. On November 22, 1963, Tippit was fatally shot on a Dallas street approximately 45 minutes after the assassination ...more

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Jacob Chestnut is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 58 (1940-1998) Jacob Joseph Chestnut, one of the two United States Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty on July 24, 1998, was the first African American to lie in honor in the United States ...more

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James Chisem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
James L. Chisem is an actor.

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James E. Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003) James E. Davis was a New York City police officer, corrections officer and council member. He was killed by a fellow politician in New York City Hall, in a bizarre instance of political rivalry ...more

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James Wormley Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
James Wormley Jones Dec. at 74 (1884-1958) James Wormley Jones was an African-American policeman and World War I veteran, and is best known for having been the first African-American FBI special agent.

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John Balcerzak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
John Balcerzak John Balcerzak is a police officer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and former president of the Milwaukee Police Association, having served in that post from 2005 to 2009. In 1991, he was fired for ...more

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John Hege is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
John Hege was one of the four Oakland, California police officers shot and killed on March 21, 2009 in a shooting rampage by parolee Lovelle Mixon.

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John McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
age 55 'Big' John McCarthy is an actor.

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John W. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Police Officers from the United States
John William Marshall served as Secretary of Public Safety in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine from 2006 to 2010, and Governor Mark Warner from 2002 to 2006, and was the ...more