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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 Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the ...more

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and an American law enforcement administrator. He was ...more

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James Traficant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
James Anthony Traficant Jr. (May 8, 1941 – September 27, 2014) was a Democratic, and later independent, politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. He ...more

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#22 of 45 Corrupt Democrats #31 of 61 Corrupt U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen #14 of 31 Corrupt Reagan era Politicians

Bernard Kerik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Bernard Bailey Kerik (born September 4, 1955) is an American former police officer, consultant, and convicted felon. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he served in the United States Army from 1974 to ...more

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David Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
David C. Hennessy (1858 – October 16, 1890) was a police chief of New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young detective, he made headlines in 1881 when he captured a notorious Italian criminal, Giuseppe ...more
Andrew J. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Andrew Jackson Rogers (July 1, 1828 – May 22, 1900) was an American lawyer, teacher, clerk, police commissioner and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional ...more
Raymond Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Raymond Walter Kelly (born September 4, 1941) is the longest serving Commissioner in the history of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the first man to hold the post for two ...more
Frederick Dent Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Frederick Dent Grant (May 30, 1850 – April 12, 1912) was a soldier and United States minister to Austria-Hungary. Grant was the first son of General and President of the United States Ulysses S. ...more
Benjamin Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Benjamin Ward (August 10, 1926 – June 10, 2002) 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 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. ...more
Cathy L. Lanier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Cathy Lynn Lanier (born July 22, 1967) is a former chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC). Lanier was appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in ...more
Harry Gilmor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Harry Ward Gilmor (January 24, 1838 – March 4, 1883) served as the Baltimore City Police Commissioner, head of the Baltimore City Police Department in the 1870s, but he was most noted as a ...more
Bull Connor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Theophilus Eugene Connor (July 11, 1897 – March 10, 1973), known as Bull Connor, was an American politician who served as an elected Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, ...more
John Harrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
John Mark Harrington (born 1956) is the current Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for the U.S. State of Minnesota, appointed by Governor Tim Walz, he has served since ...more
Richard Pennington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Richard Pennington (November 26, 1946 – May 4, 2017) served as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1994 to 2002 and Chief of the Atlanta Police ...more
Charles H. Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
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
Jerry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Gerald Robert "Jerry" Sanders (born July 14, 1950) is a former American politician and law enforcement officer from San Diego, California. He is the former Mayor of San Diego and ...more
Ella Bully-Cummings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Ella M. Bully-Cummings (born 1958) 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
For other people named Robert Duffy, see Robert Duffy.Robert John Duffy (born August 21, 1954) is an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 2011 to 2014. A member ...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 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.
Willie L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Willie L. Williams (October 1, 1943 – April 26, 2016) was the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1992 to 1997, taking over after chief Daryl Gates' resignation following the ...more
Heather Fong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Heather Jeanne Fong (Chinese: 方宇文; pinyin: Fāng Yǔwén, born 1956) is the former chief of police for San Francisco, California, United States. She is the first woman to lead the San ...more
Reuben Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Reuben Morris Greenberg (June 24, 1943 – September 24, 2014) was the first black police chief of Charleston, South Carolina, and known for being an innovative criminologist. He was police chief ...more
Fred Heineman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Police Chiefs
Frederick K. Heineman (December 28, 1929 – March 20, 2010) was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, serving in the 104th United States Congress. Born in New York City, New York, ...more