Biography and family Edit
Frank is the son of Henry and Betty Reagan, born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York on January 29, 1954. He had an older brother, Peter Christopher Reagan, who died of leukemia at the age of 18 months over a year before Frank was born.
Frank attended St. Brendan’s Catholic School, graduating in the class of 1970. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines and went to Vietnam, where he earned a battlefield commission to Lieutenant. While on duty with the NYPD, Frank enrolled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he earned a B.A. in Criminology and later a M.A. in Criminal justice.
Frank married Mary Margaret Reagan in the early 1970s, and they have four children together: Danny, Erin, Joe, and Jamie. Each of Frank’s sons followed him into the police force: Danny is a Detective 1st Grade and lead investigator with the 54th Precinct’s Detective Squad; Joe was a Detective with the Warrants Squad who was murdered by his partner Sonny Malevsky, the leader of a corrupt gang of police officers called the Blue Templar; and Jamie is a patrol officer assigned to the 12th Precinct with a law degree from Harvard University. Frank’s only daughter, Erin, is also in law enforcement as a New York County Assistant District Attorney. Erin was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of the NYCDA’s Trial Bureau in 2013.
In addition to his children, Frank is also a loving grandfather to Erin’s daughter, Nicky Reagan-Boyle, and Danny’s two children, Jack and Sean Reagan. His dad’s father, Charles Reagan, was an Irish immigrant who served in World War I before becoming a police officer. Charles was the one who taught him how to fish. He also had a great-uncle named Teddy Reagan, a member of the NYPD Mounted Unit who spent a cold night in a boxcar with his horse, Dolly, and woke up in Pittsburgh.
Growing up, Frank was friends with Angelo Gallo, who grew up to be the best mob lawyer in the city. Another close friend of his is Monsignor Walter Donahue, a member of the city archdiocese.
After serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War (during which time he held the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal), Frank became the third generation of Reagans to become a police officer. He began his career as a patrol officer stationed at the 27th Precinct. After three years on patrol, he was promoted to Detective 3rd Grade. Since then, he has served in various positions across the city (mostly in the Detective Bureau), culminating in being appointed Police Commissioner.
In the Detective Bureau, Frank has served as a precinct detective, Narcotics detective, Senior Homicide Detective, Sergeant of the Hate Crimes Task Force, Captain of the Special Investigations Unit (a special anti-narcotics task force), Chief of Detective Borough Brooklyn, and Chief of Detectives. Other assignments outside of the Detective Bureau he has served in include Dog Handler for the Canine Unit and Commander of the 61st Precinct, and throughout his career, he has been invited to represent the NYPD around the country (and the world).
On 9/11, Frank was one of the first responders, and he spent nearly a full week straight at the Towers assisting in the rescue and recovery operations.
As a "Member of the Service" (MOS) prior to 1986, Frank continues to carry a revolver (a Colt Official Police “Fitz Special” in .38 Special that originally belonged to his father and grandfather) as his duty weapon. He also owns a Colt Government Modelin .45 ACP. In 2010, Frank shoots dead a serial rapist who was about to rape and kill Erin.
As Police Commissioner Edit
Frank was appointed the Police Commissioner by Mayor Frank Russo after spending the last few years as Chief of Detectives. In 2011, after the election of Carter Poole, Frank offered to tender his resignation, but Poole elected to keep Frank on as PC. In 2015, after Mayor Poole’s successful reelection, Frank struggled with whether he even wanted to stay on for another four years as PC, assuming the Mayor even asked him to. He ultimately decided to stay for “as long as the Mayor’s head was in his ass” (which was remarked as indefinitely).
Frank is significantly less political than his predecessors; he doesn’t play favorites, and frequently clashes with the Mayor who appointed him. His only agenda is the safety of his city and the 35,000 men and women under his command. He is friendly acquaintances with New York County District Attorney Jack McCoy, the New York City Sheriff, the New York City Fire Commissioner, various federal and state law enforcement officials in New York, and other major city’s Chiefs of Police, but doesn’t have as good a relationship with the city’s various politicians, including the New York City Council, especially since the arrest of Councilman Tony Mancini, a former NYPD detective, for domestic abuse.
Not long after being named Commissioner, he allowed Richard Castle, a bestselling mystery novelist, join the 20th Precinct Homicide Squad under the command of Captain Roy Montgomery and Team Leader Detective Kate Beckett. In 2011, Frank gave Captain Don Cragen his long overdue promotion to Deputy Inspector, which resulted in his transfer from the Manhattan Special Victims Unit to the 54th Precinct in the Bronx. In 2015, he appointed Inspector Charlie Smith commander of the Emergency Services Unit.
In July, 2011, Frank traveled to Los Angeles in order to attend the funeral of LAPD Chief Tommy Delk, who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Although the two weren’t particularly close, Frank still felt honor-bound to pay his respects to the Delk family in person. In 2014, Frank was invited to testify before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
During his first few years as PC, Frank was well regarded and respected by his officers and his city, to the point where the Mayor felt threatened by his popularity; however, 2015, public opinion regarding the police – and him personally – changed so drastically that he was booed off-stage while speaking at Columbia University.
Frank knows about, and occasionally associates with members of the Paranormal Investigation Unit; however, he flat-out refused to become a member.
Senior staff Edit
The following officers are among Frank’s senior staff who assist him in his duties as the New York City Police Commissioner.
- First Deputy Commissioner – First Deputy Commissioner John Vincenzo, NYPD
- Deputy Commissioner, Public Information/de facto Chief of Staff – Deputy Commissioner Garrett Moore, NYPD
- Chief of Department
- Chief Edward “Ed” Hines, NYPD (Ret. 2013)
- Chief Dino Arbogast, NYPD (fired, 2014)
- Special Assistant to the Commissioner – Lieutenant Sidney “Sid” Gormley, NYPD
- Chief of Organized Crime Control – Bureau Chief Dino Arbogast, NYPD (promoted, 2013)
- Chief of Intelligence – Bureau Chief Bryce Helfond, NYPD
- Chief of the Special Victims Unit – Deputy Chief William Dodds, NYPD Special Victims Unit
- Chief of Gang Division – Deputy Chief Donald “Don” Kent, NYPD Gang Division (promoted to Assistant Chief and then KIA, 2015)
- Commanding Officer, NYPD Emergency Services Unit – Inspector Charles Thomas “Charlie” Smith, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
- Primary Aide – Detective 1st Grade Abigail Baker, NYPD PC’s (Detective) Squad
- Primary Bodyguard – Detective 1st Grade Andrew “Andy” Mulroney, NYPD PC’s (Detective) Squad
- 1970 – St. Brendan’s Catholic School – Brooklyn, NY
- United States Marine Corps Recruit Training, MCRD Parris Island, SC
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, NY
- Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, NY
List of assignments Edit
- 1974–1977 – Patrol Officer, NYPD 27th Precinct
- Junior Detective, NYPD Precinct
- Detective, NYPD Narcotics Division
- 1981 – Dog handler, NYPD Canine Unit
- Senior Detective, NYPD Homicide
- Supervisor–Detective Squad, NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force
- 1995–1999 – Commanding Officer, NYPD Special Investigations Unit
- Commanding Officer, NYPD 61st Precinct
- Chief of Detective Borough Brooklyn
- Chief of Detectives, New York City Police Department
- 2010–Present – New York City Police Commissioner
- Jimmy Burke – Frank’s partner while stationed at the 27th Precinct who took a bullet for him. He was eventually promoted to Inspector and placed in command of the 15th Precinct. While up for a promotion to Deputy Chief as the Deputy Commander of Patrol Borough Manhattan South, it was revealed that he had been cooking the books for his precinct’s CompStats. Frank allowed him to retire rather than face demotion to Captain and reassignment to the 128th Precinct in Staten Island.
- John McKenna – An NYPD officer who was with Frank during 9/11 who later got sick and passed away from illness he was exposed to during the attacks.
- Greta – When assigned to the Canine Unit as a dog handler, Frank’s partner was Greta. He transferred out of the unit after Greta was shot and killed by a burglar Frank sent her in after.
Awards and decorations Edit
The following are the medals and service awards worn by Commissioner Frank Reagan.
- American Flag Breast Bar
- World Trade Center Breast Bar
- NYPD Medal of Honor
- NYPD Combat Cross
- NYPD Meritorious Police Duty
- NYPD Excellent Police Duty
- NYPD Unit Citation
- NYPD Award of Commendation
- NYPD Award of Merit
- US Marine Corps Service Breast Bar
- NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar
Effective dates of promotion Edit
- 1974 – Officer
- Detective 3rd Grade
- Detective 2nd Grade
- Detective 1st Grade
- 1995 – Captain
- Deputy Inspector
- Deputy Chief
- Assistant Chief
- Bureau Chief
- 2010 – New York City Police Commissioner