Deputy Chief Edmund Hartnett
Deputy Chief Edmund Hartnett was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. He has a strong educational background, attending Incarnation Grammar School and Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. Chief Hartnett went on to attend Fordham University, graduating with a degree in political science. Most recently, he earned a Masters Degree in public administration from Marist College.
Chief Hartnett has strong ties to his Irish heritage. His late father, David, was born in Elton, Knockalong, County Limerick. His mother Peg (nee Buckley) was born in Kilmanagh, County Kilkenny- the "home of the hurlers." His parents met and married in England during World War II and came to New York with his siblings John, Elizabeth, and Patrick.
Developing a love for Ireland as a child, Chief Hartnett spent most summers accompanying his mother to his grandmother's farm in Kilkenny. On the family farm, he developed an appreciation for hard work as well as an unusual fondness for pitchforks, brooms, wheel barrels, and paintbrushes.
With an appreciation for family values, a strong work ethic, and a sound educational background, Chief Hartnett joined the NYPD on November 7th, 1979. In his 25 years of service, he rose through the ranks with distinction and service. Chief Hartnett served as an anticrime cop in the 32nd Precinct, SNEU Sergeant in the 46th Precinct, as ICO of the Applicant Processing Division, and as Commanding Officer of the First District of Manhattan South Narcotics Division. In December of 1993, Chief Hartnett was promoted to Captain and served as Commanding Officer of the Drug Enforcement Task Force and in the 109th Precinct. As a full inspector, he served as Commanding Officer of the Quality Assurance Division. On May 30, 2001, Chief Hartnett was promoted to Deputy Chief. As a Deputy Chief, Hartnett has served in the Intelligence Division, and is currently the Executive Officer of the Narcotics Division.
Deputy Chief Hartnett has received specialized training through the department at the FBI National Academy in 1992 and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy in 1996. He attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business/ Police Management Institute in 1999 and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in August of 2001.
Deputy Chief Hartnett resides in Rockland County with his new bride, Grace Fattal. She is a registered nurse, and is employed in the pharmaceutical industry. His son, Mathew (23), is in his last semester at Manhattan College. Edmund's love and pride in his son is evident to all that know him well.
Accompanying the club to Ireland for the 2002 tour, Chief Hartnett took part in a memorial ceremony in County Kildare that honored the fallen members of the NYPD who were lost on September 11, 2001. Twenty-three trees were planted in their memory. The chief looks forward to returning to that spot some day to see how the trees have grown.
Deputy Chief Hartnett has been a great friend to the Irish in New York City as well as the NYPD. His continued support of the NYPD Gaelic Football Team cannot be measured in words. Honoring him tonight is only a small way we can show our appreciation for him. Chief Hartnett, we salute you!
** FROM THE FIFTH ANNUAL DINNER DANCE JOURNAL. **
KEEPING THE HERITAGE ALIVE