The lying gun-rights fanatics will often tell us Police Chiefs who espouse stronger gun control laws are just political hacks and yes-men who are giving lip-service to the positions of their superiors. The exact opposite is true. These are usually men who have risen up through the ranks of police departments, experience that makes their opinions especially valuable.
Law enforcement career of Garry Francis McCarthy
New York Police Department
McCarthy joined the New York City Police Department in 1981 at age 22. He rose through the ranks and became Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 2000. While there, he held a variety of positions around the city, was commander of several different precincts, and eventually was in charge of the NYPD's CompStat program.
Newark Police Department
In 2006, McCarthy left his position with the New York Police Department to take over the Police Department of Newark, New Jersey. He was chosen for this role by Mayor Cory Booker, and appeared with Booker in the documentary series Brick City.