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Famous Police Officers from the United States

Updated June 14, 2019 9.6k views85 items

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.

People include everything from Eddie Money to Forrest Griffin.

This historic police officers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American police officers of note?" and "Who are the most famous police officers from the United States?" These prominent police officers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American police officers.

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    Amy O'Hara

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceRevere, Massachusetts, USA

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    Anthony Barksdale

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    Benjamin Ward

    Dec. at 75 (1926-2002)

    BirthplaceWeeksville, New York City, New York

    Benjamin Ward (August 10, 1926 – June 10, 2002) was the first African American New York City Police Commissioner....  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas, United States of America

    Bernard C. Parks (born December 7, 1943) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los...  more
  • 5

    Bishop Robinson

    Dec. at 86 (1927-2014)
    Bishop Lee Robinson (January 16, 1927 – January 6, 2014), was the first African American police commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland. He was the police commissioner from 1984 until 1987....  more
  • 6

    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
  • 7

    Chang Apana

    Dec. at 61 (1871-1933)

    BirthplaceWaipio, Hawaii

    Apana Chang (December 26, 1871 – December 8, 1933; traditional Chinese: 鄭阿平; simplified Chinese: 郑阿平; pinyin: Zhèng Āpíng; Jyutping: Zen6 Aa3ping4) was a Chinese-Hawaiian member of the Honolulu...  more
  • 8

    Charles Becker

    Dec. at 45 (1870-1915)

    BirthplaceCallicoon, New York

    Charles Becker (July 26, 1870 – July 30, 1915) 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...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Charles H. Ramsey (born 1950) is the former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. Prior to assuming that post in January 2008, he had served as Chief of the Metropolitan Police...  more
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    Charles Leppert

    Charles Leppert was a police officer....
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Charles Alexander Moose (born 1953) 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...  more
  • 12
    Clarence O'Neal Bradford, known as C.O. "Clarence" Bradford (and C.O. "Brad" Bradford during his campaign for Harris Country District Attorney), is a Houston City Council member, a former chief of...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

    Cristina Coria is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Cook Islands....  more
  • 14

    Dan James White

    Dec. at 39 (1946-1985)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, Contiguous United States, Long Beach, United States of America, United States

    Daniel James White (September 2, 1946 – October 21, 1985) was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who murdered San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday,...  more
  • 15

    Dan Sakai

    Dec. at 35 (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....  more
  • 16

    Daniel Faulkner

    Dec. at 25 (1955-1981)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • 17

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Daniel Rodríguez may refer to: Daniel Rodríguez (tenor) (born 1964), Puerto Rican-American operatic tenor. Daniel Rodríguez Pérez (born 1977), Spanish retired footballer Daniel B. Rodriguez, dean...  more
  • 18

    Daryl Gates

    Dec. at 83 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, USA

    Daryl Gates (born Darrel Francis Gates; August 30, 1926 – April 16, 2010) was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1978 to 1992. His length of tenure was second only to that of...  more
  • 19

    David Mack

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceCompton, California

    David Anthony Mack (born May 30, 1961) is a former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer involved in the Rampart Division's Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) unit. He was one...  more
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    Dennis Farina

    Dec. at 69 (1944-2013)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013) was an American film and television actor, TV presenter and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or...  more


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    Derek Poundstone (born September 28, 1981) is an American former professional strongman athlete from Woodbridge, Connecticut who placed runner up to at the world's strongest man 2008. Derek...  more
  • 22

    Earl Broady

    Age: 117
    Earl Broady (b. 1904 - 1992) was a judge, attorney, police officer and pianist in Los Angeles. He joined the police department in 1927, later becoming Deputy D.A., and then a judge....  more
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    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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    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.[1] Compass, who earlier said he was organizing a tribunal...  more
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    Eddie Money

    Dec. at 70 (1949-2019)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Edward Joseph Mahoney (born March 21, 1949), known professionally as Eddie Money, is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of...  more

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