James Secreto brings over 40 years of Law Enforcement experience and has long served as a beacon of change in a constantly evolving world. His executive leadership experience is highlighted by a history of building strong meaningful relationships within diverse communities, as well as developing innovative and dynamic strategies to guide progressive policing.
James was assigned as Chief of Southeast Queens in NYC to bridge gaps within a community polarized by the fatal Sean Bell police shooting. As a child of public housing, he went on to become Chief of Housing Bureau NYPD, heading overall all police operations in New York City’s 326 housing developments, supervising 2,229 personnel.
James created and implemented extensive community collaboration programs; together with the community, he reduced violence and crime in public housing to historic low rates of shooting incidents and overall crime. During this time, James emphasized social connectivity with the residents the public housing system.
He also managed the citywide division of 5,500 personnel as Chief of the NYPD School Safety Division where he was responsible for the operation and management of all activities regarding safety and security services provided to over 1.2 million children in 1,400 schools, educational sites and offices throughout the city.