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New Rochelle Police Commissioner Carroll Earns Prestigious National Honor

New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll accepting the PERF Leadership Award in Phoenix.
New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll accepting the PERF Leadership Award in Phoenix. Photo Credit: PERF

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – One of New Rochelle’s Finest, longtime Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll, was selected for the Police Executive Research Forum Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Phoenix.

To celebrate his lengthy, impressive career, which now spans more than five decades – including 22 years as a commissioner in New Rochelle – Carroll was awarded the PERF Leadership honor, which is given annually to a police executive in recognition of their significant contributions to departments around the country.

The Leadership Award is PERF’s highest honor. According to the organization, “it is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of law enforcement, and who exemplify the highest principles and standards of true leaders in policing.”

“Pat has had a remarkable career in our profession, and is also a mentor to many of the younger chiefs,” PERF Board Member Dan Oates said, while presenting Carroll’s award with PERF President Charles Ramsey and Executive Director Chuck Wexler. “I’ve always been able to count on Pat for reassuring, calm guidance during my 14 years as a chief. “

Carroll joined the New Rochelle Police Department in 1993 after spending years with the New York Police Department. Since joining the department, he has been a champion for increased use of technology and stressed the importance of community policing.

Under his leadership, the department posted the lowest amount of violent and property (Part 1) crimes in more than five decades. The New Rochelle Police Department has also received the prestigious IACP Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement in 2005 and the IACP-Cisco Community Policing Award in 2011.

“I’ve had a great 50 years in policing,” Carroll said. “This recognition by the Board is really an honor for me and the capstone to a great career. I’ll cherish it always.”

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