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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
Theodore Roosevelt 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 ...more

J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
J. Edgar Hoover 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 ...more

James Traficant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
James Traficant 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 ...more

Bernard Kerik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Bernard Kerik 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 ...more

David Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
David Hennessy 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 ...more

Andrew J. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Andrew J. Rogers 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 ...more

Raymond Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Raymond Kelly 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 ...more

Frederick Dent Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Frederick Dent Grant 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 ...more

Benjamin Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Benjamin Ward Benjamin Ward was the first African American New York City Police Commissioner.

Charles Moose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Charles Moose 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

Cathy L. Lanier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Cathy L. Lanier Cathy Lynn Lanier is the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Lanier was appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in January 2007, replacing outgoing ...more

Harry Gilmor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Harry Gilmor Harry W. Gilmor served as the Baltimore City Police Commissioner, head of the Baltimore City Police Department in the 1870's, but he was most noted as a daring and dashing Confederate cavalry ...more

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Bull Connor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Bull Connor Theophilus Eugene Connor, known as Bull Connor, was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, during the American Civil Rights Movement. His office, under the city ...more

John Harrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
John Harrington John Mark Harrington is Chief of Metro Transit Police in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 67, which includes portions of the city of ...more

Richard Pennington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Richard Pennington Richard Pennington served as Chief of the Atlanta Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia from 2002 to 2009. From 1994 to 2002 he served as Superintentendent of the New Orleans Police Department ...more

Charles H. Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Charles H. Ramsey 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

Jerry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Jerry Sanders Gerald Robert "Jerry" Sanders is an American politician from San Diego, California. He is the former Mayor of San Diego and former Chief of Police. As of December 2012, he is the ...more

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Ella Bully-Cummings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Ella Bully-Cummings Ella M. Bully-Cummings was the chief of police of the City of Detroit from 2003 to 2008.

Robert Duffy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Robert Duffy Robert John "Bob" Duffy is a Democratic politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 2011 to 2014 and also served as mayor of Rochester, New York from 2006 to 2010. ...more

John Ferdinand Bockman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs

Bishop Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Bishop Robinson Bishop Lee Robinson, was the first African American police commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland. He was the police commissioner from 1984 until 1987.

Willie L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Willie L. Williams Willie L. Williams was chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1992 to 1997, taking over after chief Daryl Gates' resignation following the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Williams was the first ...more

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Heather Fong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Heather Fong Heather Jeanne Fong is the former chief of police for San Francisco, California, United States. Her ancestral roots are in Ho Chung village, Chung Shan County, Guangdong Province, China. She is ...more

Reuben Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Reuben Greenberg Reuben Morris Greenberg, was the first Black police chief of Charleston, South Carolina, and known for being an innovative criminologist. He was police chief there from 1982 until his retirement ...more

Fred Heineman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Fred Heineman Frederick K. "Fred" Heineman was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, serving between 1995 and 1997. Born in New York City, New York, Heineman attended Mt. St. Michael ...more

Eddie Compass is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Eddie Compass 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

William J. Bratton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
William J. Bratton William Joseph "Bill" Bratton CBE is an American law enforcement officer and businessman, and the current New York City Police Commissioner, the second time he has held that position. ...more

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Orlando Winfield Wilson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Orlando Winfield Wilson Orlando Winfield Wilson, also known as O.W. Wilson, was an influential leader in policing, having served as Superintendent of Police of the Chicago Police Department, chief of police in ...more

Joseph C. Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Joseph C. Carter Joseph C. Carter is a retired Brigadier General who was The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard from 2007 - 2012. He is the former chief of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation ...more

Dan Oates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Dan Oates Daniel J. Oates is the police chief in Miami Beach. He was formerly the Police Chief of Aurora, Colorado He was also formerly the Chief of Police and Safety Services Administrator for the City ...more

Thomas K. Casady is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs

August Vollmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
August Vollmer August "Gus" Vollmer was a leading figure in the development of the field of criminal justice in the United States in the early 20th century. He was also the first police chief of ...more

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Eldrin Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Eldrin Bell Eldrin Bell is the father of Justin Guarini.

"Big Jesse" Jesse Alexander Helms, Sr. is the father of Jesse Helms.

Rip Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Rip Collins Harry Warren Collins was an American Major League Baseball player whose career as a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Browns lasted eleven ...more

Alex Fagan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Alex Fagan Alex Emanuel Fagan was the former Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. Fagan was raised in the East Bay community of Richmond, California, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1973 with a ...more

Terrance W. Gainer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Terrance W. Gainer Terrance William Gainer is a former law enforcement officer and was the 38th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate and served in that position from January 4, 2007 to May 2, 2014. Before ...more

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Tony Bouza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Tony Bouza Anthony V. Bouza is a 40-year veteran of U.S. municipal police, serving in the New York City Police Department and as police chief of the Minneapolis Police Department from 1980 to 1989. He was ...more

Ed Norris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Ed Norris Edward T. Norris is an American radio host and former law enforcement officer in Maryland. He is the cohost of a talk show on WJZ-FM in Baltimore, Maryland. Norris, a 20-year veteran of the New ...more

Kathleen O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Kathleen O'Toole Kathleen M. O'Toole is the Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department, serving since June 23, 2014. She was the first female police commissioner of Boston, Massachusetts when appointed by ...more

John Timoney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
John Timoney John F. Timoney is a law enforcement executive who served as Chief of the Miami Police Department. He was previously Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, and also held a variety ...more

Prentice E. Sanders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Prentice E. Sanders Prentice Earl Sanders, also known as Earl Sanders, was Chief of Police of the San Francisco, California, USA Police Department for fourteen months in 2002 and 2003. He was born in Texas and ...more

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Tim McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Tim McCarthy Timothy J. McCarthy is the current police chief of Orland Park, Illinois, and a former member of the United States Secret Service. During the 1981 Reagan assassination attempt, he turned into ...more

Sam Catron is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Sam Catron Samuel Wilson Catron was sheriff of Pulaski County, Kentucky. On the evening of April 13, 2002, Catron was assassinated by Danny Shelley after he finished a campaign speech at a fish fry and ...more

Hüseyi Kocadağ is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Hüseyi Kocadağ Hüseyi Kocadağ was Head of the Istanbul police school and a former deputy chief of the Istanbul police who was killed in traffic accident along with a known mobster. It ignited the Susurluk ...more

Charles Plummer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Charles Plummer Charles C. "Charlie" Plummer served as the sheriff of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for Alameda County, California from 1987 to 2007. He is believed to have been the longest ...more

George W. Matsell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
George W. Matsell George Washington Matsell was the first New York City Police Commissioner.

Denver S. Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Denver S. Dickerson Denver Sylvester Dickerson was an American politician. He was the 11th Governor of Nevada from 1908 to 1911. A member of the Silver – Democratic coalition party, he had previously held office as ...more

William Stephen Devery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
William Stephen Devery William Stephen Devery was the last superintendent of the New York City Police Department police commission and the first police chief in 1898. Devery and Frank J. Farrell later co-owned the New ...more

Herbert Turner Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Herbert Turner Jenkins Herbert Turner Jenkins was the longest serving police chief of Atlanta.