Dermot Francis Shea (born 1960) is an American police officer and administrator who is the 44th and current New York City Police Commissioner. He assumed the position on December 1, 2019, and was sworn in by Mayor Bill de Blasio in a public ceremony on December 2.
Shea's father was a handyman, and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. At one point he, his parents and siblings all shared a one-bedroom apartment in Sunnyside, Queens. He attended Xavier High School in New York City.
Shea started his career in law enforcement with his appointment to the New York City Police Academy in late 1990. After graduating in the top 10% of his academy class, he was sworn in as a Patrolman in April 1991 to serve the citizens of the South Bronx.
In April 2014, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Operations by then Commissioner William Bratton. In this capacity, he improved the department's strategies and tactics for reducing crime and solving concerns of the diverse communities of New York City. Prior to this appointment, he had been a Chief commanding the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Operations. He also commanded the 44th and 50th precincts and the Patrol Borough Bronx Anti-Crime Unit.
On April 16, 2018, Shea was promoted to Chief of Detectives.
On November 4, 2019, it was publicly announced that Dermot F. Shea would become the 44th Commissioner of the NYPD.
Shea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and is a 1986 graduate of Xavier High School.