Carlos Gomez First NYPD Latino Chief of Department

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez is already the highest ranking uniformed Hispanic officer in the NYPD and as of today, Gomes who served as chief of patrol, has been upgraded to Chief of Department.

The promotion comes after the sudden departure of Commissioner Bill Bratton. Previous chief, James P. O’Neill will replace Bratton.

With the new promotion NYPD chief Carlos Gomez continues to make the Latino community proud. He has an exemplary record of accomplishments in his over 30 year career.

Gomez said accepting the new appointment

“I am truly blessed because (these are) the most hardworking, dedicated and the best-trained police officers patrolling the streets. We will all work together as a team.”

Gomez emigrated from Cuba at a young age with his father. He joined the NYPD in 1984, walking the beat in the 103rd Precinct.

Chief Gomez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.


Most of his career was in Queens until he was named head of the NYPD Housing Bureau at the start of Bratton’s administration in 2014.

According to his NYPD page, Carlos M. Gomez joined the New York City Police Department in July 1984, and began his career on patrol in the 103 Precinct.  He was promoted to Sergeant in April 1989; Lieutenant in July 1996: Captain in August 1998; Deputy Inspector in September 2000; Inspector in December 2002; Deputy Chief in February 2007; and Assistant Chief in March 2010.  He has served in the 101, 102, 103, 106 and 115 Precincts, as well as the Management Information Systems Division, Patrol Borough Queens North (PBQN), the Applicant Processing Division and the Street Crime Unit.
Chief Gomez recently served as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx and as the PBQN Adjutant. He has also commanded the Management Information Systems Division and the 90 and 106 Precincts. He served as Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, as well as the 101, 102 and 103 Precincts.

In The Bronx, Gomez is credited with driving down crime to record levels with murders and shootings plummeting over the past two years.

“Chief Carlos Gomez is an outstanding leader who has excelled in a series of commands,” said Dennis Gonzalez, the President of the NYPD Hispanic Society.