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John F. Timoney

Senior Vice President, Consulting, Investigations and International

John Timoney joined U.S. Security Associates as Senior Vice President for Business Development and Senior Consultant for Police and Security Matters. Timoney is responsible for developing new business, maintaining successful operations of client accounts, and providing consulting services to review police and law enforcement operations and ongoing investigations.

Prior to joining U.S. Security Associates, Timoney served as the Chief of Police of the Miami Police Department. During Chief Timoney's seven year tenure he lowered crime in all major categories, strengthened the Department's integrity, revised procedures for greater accountability, and implemented one of the most progressive deadly physical force policies in the country. Prior to serving as Police Chief in Miami, Timoney served four years as the Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, where he commanded a diverse police force of approximately 7,000 officers and over 900 civilian employees in the fifth largest metropolitan city in the United States. 

The majority of his career, twenty-nine years, was spent as a member of the New York City Police Department where he rose through the ranks to become the youngest four-star chief in the history of that department. He is the recipient of over 67 department medals, including the prestigious Medal of Valor. 

John Timoney holds two Master's degrees and is a very vocal proponent for greater formal education of police officers and democratic policing throughout the world. He is considered among the nation's highest authorities on terrorism and has been personally requested by high-ranking government officials to make a security needs assessment in Haiti, as well as to evaluate detainee facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  In July of 2007, Timoney traveled to Iraq as part of an independent commission entrusted to asses the readiness of the Iraqi military and police forces to achieve primacy in the fight against terrorism. Most recently, Timoney authored a book, Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Highlight of Qualifications

  • 43 years of public law enforcement experience
  • Chief of Police – Miami Police Department
  • Police Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Youngest four (4) star chief of the New York City Police Department
  • Author of "Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities"

Professional Experience

  • Chief of Police, Miami PD
  • Police Commissioner, Philadelphia PD
  • NYPD


  • International Institute for Democratic Policing, Founder
  • Police Executive Research Forum, past President
  • Penn Institute for Urban Research, Board member
  • Philadelphia University, Board Member
  • FBI's South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, Co-Chairman


  • M.S., Urban Affairs, Hunter College
  • M.A., American History, Fordham University and
  • B.A., American History, John Jay College

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