Deputy Chief James McShane
Deputy Chief McShane was appointed to the New York City Police Department on November 7th, 1979 and began his career on patrol in the 52nd Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 1984, and served as a patrol supervisor in the 41st and 42nd Precincts. After graduating from Saint John's University School of Law in 1986, Chief McShane obtained a leave of abscence to work as an associate attorney at the law firm of Rogers & Wells. Upon his return to the Department in October of 1987, he was assigned to the Office of Legal Matters and then to the Office of the Police Commissioner as Legal Advisor to Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
Promoted to Lieutenant in November 1989, Jim was assigned to the staff of First Deputy Commissioner Ray Kelly. He was promoted to Captain in January 1992, while attending the Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree. In the fall of 1992, he returned to the Police Commissioner's Office as Legal Advisor to then Police Commissioner Kelly. In 1994, Deputy Inspector McShane commanded the 47th Precinct. Thereafter, he was was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the First Deputy Commissioner's Office, under Commissioner John Timoney, in January 1995.
In August 1996, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, where he served until June 1997, when he was transferred to the Traffic Control Division. Mr. McShane served in Traffic for nearly six years, as both the Executive and Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2002. In March of 2003, Chief McShane was appointed Executive Officer of the Narcotics Division, his final assignment in a 24 year career with the Department.
Deputy Chief McShane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant as lecturer at the Police College of Finland in Helsinki in 2000.
Jim McShane joined Columbia University as the Assistant Vice President for the Department of Public Safety in January 2004. Jim is responsible for security and safety at both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses. He oversees all uniformed operations and investigations, and is responsible for security technology and fore safety.
Prior to joining the NYPD, Jim McShane taught mathematics in the South Bronx for five years, first at St. Angelica Merici Elementary School, and then at Morris High School, where he also served as Dean of Students.
Jim and his wife Joan are the proud parents of two daughters, Kerry and Caroline. They are also proud grandparents of Aiden James.
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