Sergeant Paul Grattan Jr. (Ret.)


Paul Grattan Jr. served 22 years with the New York City Police Department, most recently as a sergeant with the NYPD’s Transit Bureau. After completing his undergraduate work at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he was appointed to the NYPD in July 2001. While in the Police Academy, he responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, participating in the recovery and security operations in the weeks that followed. Upon graduating the Academy, Paul was first assigned to Brooklyn’s 72nd Precinct where he served on patrol, with the Street Narcotics Unit, and as a member of the Community Policing Unit. Upon his promotion to sergeant in 2008, Paul was assigned to Transit District 4 on Manhattan’s east side, where he led a plainclothes team responsible for combating felony crimes and sexually motivated offenses throughout the nation’s busiest metropolitan rail system.

In 2012, Paul was assigned to the office of the NYPD’s Chief of Transit, where he was part of a dynamic team that oversaw the administration of the 2,600 sworn members who police New York City’s subways. Together this team advanced the NYPD’s neighborhood policing philosophy within the transit system and worked to improve the bureau’s preparedness, response, crime prevention, and counterterrorism efforts. In 2014, Paul was selected as team manager for the Police Commissioner’s Reengineering Initiative, defining goals and recommending reforms that would lead to improvements in the agency’s human capital and morale. In 2022, he was selected to serve as team coordinator for the Police Commissioner’s Innovation Steering Committee project, recommending training and technology improvements to advance police learning. Specializing in transportation security, he was principally responsible for executive and strategic communications, policy review, and managing the bureau’s digital media platforms. He has worked to improve the safety and security of New York City’s transportation network through collaboration with transit policing partners, and he has dedicated much of his policing career to understanding and reducing sex offenses in public transportation. As a result of his work, he received a discretionary promotion to Sergeant Special Assignment in 2018.

Currently, Paul works with the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety, where he is embedded with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services as a Law Enforcement Field Advisor. As a part of the Law Enforcement Strategic Assistance Unit, Paul works with police agencies to effectively employ evidence-based approaches to combatting gun violence and other violent crime.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and he is a graduate of the 254th session of the FBI National Academy.

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Paul comes from a family with a long history of public service. He now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and three children.