Chief Thomas Galati, a member of the NYPD since 1984, and is the first to serve as the Chief of Intelligence for the New York City Police Department and now the first to serve as the Chief of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. Prior to becoming the head of the Intelligence Bureau, he served in a variety of roles throughout the Patrol Services Bureau, and the Detective Bureau and the Intelligence Bureau.
As Chief of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureau, he oversees the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, The Intelligence Division and the Counterterrorism Division for the NYPD.
The mission of the NYPD Intelligence Division is to detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity through the use of intelligence-led policing. In combination with traditional policing methods, uniformed officers and civilian analysts in the Intelligence Bureau collect and analyze information from a variety of sources in order to advance criminal and terrorist investigations.
NYPD Intelligence operations are divided by functional responsibility: Intelligence Operations and Analysis Section (IOAS) and the Criminal Intelligence Section (CIS). The objective of IOAS is to thwart potential terrorist plots. To that end, IOAS deploys seasoned investigators and civilian analysts to collect, synthesize, and analyze information about individuals or groups believed to be engaged in unlawful activity.
CIS fulfills a similar function in the criminal realm and likewise comprises investigative and analytic cadres. Another critical component of CIS is the Field Intelligence Officer (FIO) program. FIOs are ranking uniformed officers deployed to each NYPD precinct, where they collect and disseminate criminal intelligence information in order to support narcotics, firearms and other criminal investigations, ranging from simple short-term cases to complex long-term ones. The Criminal Intelligence Section also operates the 24 hour a day Regional Intel Center.
As head of the Intelligence Bureau, Chief Galati directs the coverage of every presidential visit and coordinates a detailed security plan with hundreds of domestic and international agencies during the United Nations General Assembly. Additionally, during Pope Benedict’s visit in 2010 and Pope Francis’ visit 2015, the Chief ensured their safety by devising appropriate police presence, security, and response. Chief Galati has been designated co- chair of the National Special Security Event for the United Nations General Assembly annually since 2015. Chief Galati is also responsible for dignitary and executive protection and investigations of threats to dignitaries and elected officials, including assuring protection of political leaders and the security of mayoral residences, City Hall, and Gracie Mansion.
Through its International Liaison Program, the Intelligence Bureau posts officers in law enforcement agencies in major cities around the world. These liaisons support the NYPD by providing situational awareness and exchanging best-practices related to policing with local agencies. Similarly, members of the Intelligence Bureau in New York work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners such as the FBI, Secret Service, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security to keep the city safe. The Mission of the Counterterrorism Division is the defense, deterrence and response against a wide range of terrorism and targeted mass violence threats. Every day, tactically equipped and specially trained Critical Response Officers-including heavy weapons teams and Explosive Trace Detection k-9s proactively deployed at high profile locations, iconic landmarks, special events and sensitive sites based on Intelligence to protect New York City. Additionally the Counterterrorism Division includes some of the Departments most technologically advanced units including the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which is responsible for the tens of thousands of public/private sector security cameras, license plate readers and other technology that support investigations citywide.
The Counterterrorism Support Section continually trains, plans, and equips its officers whose duties include everything from chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear/explosives (CBRN) threats and response. The support section manages the private sector engagement with NYPD Shield, and countermeasures with deployment/assessments via the Threat Reduction Infrastructure Protection Section. The Counterterrorism Division, NYPD Bomb Squad, the first Bomb Squad of its kind to a Local Law Enforcement Agency in the Country. Chief Galati holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York. He is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute, and is a 2011 Graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Senior Executive Course. Chief Galati is also a graduate of Leaders in Counterterrorism course from the FBI and Five Eyes partners. Throughout Chief Galati’s career, he received recognition from the NYPD on numerous occasions, most notably with the Medal of Valor in 1989. Additionally, he has been honored by several foreign police agencies, including the Green Cross from Spain’s Guardia Civil and the Conspicuous Service Medal from the Australian Federal Police. Recognized by the Anti- Defamation League in 2011 with their prestigious Gorowitz Institute Service Award, and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal for Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organization, (NECO).