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Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Release #096-01

Contact: Sunny Mindel/Curt Ritter
(212) 788-2958


Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today appointed Fredrick J. Patrick Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Mr. Patrick replaces Tino Hernandez, who was appointed Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority. The appointment is effective immediately.

"I am proud to appoint Fred Patrick as the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice," said Mayor Giuliani. "Fred's background in criminal justice will serve him well in this new role. He has the experience and working knowledge needed to continue the progress made in the City's Department of Juvenile Justice. I have full confidence in Fred's ability to effectively lead the Department, and look forward to working with him."

DJJ is responsible for the establishment, operation and control of secure and non-secure detention facilities for youth held for or at the discretion of the Family, Criminal or Supreme Courts. DJJ also provides preventative services for at risk youth as well as aftercare services for youth released home from detention.

Commissioner Patrick said, "I am honored by the opportunity to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice. I want to thank Mayor Giuliani for his continued support, and I look forward to working with the management and staff of DJJ in carrying out this important mission."

Since January 1998 Mr. Patrick served as Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. In this capacity he advised and assisted Criminal Justice Coordinator Steven M. Fishner in the development and implementation of City policies, legislation and strategies in the fields of public safety and criminal justice. In addition to coordinating the City's comprehensive anti-drug initiative, Mr. Patrick assisted in the development of various interagency initiatives such as Safe-at-Home and Operation Neighborhood Shield. In addition, he oversaw $500 million in federal and state grants to law enforcement agencies and managed $40 million in city-funded drug treatment, victim services, alternative-to-incarceration and mediation contracts. In 1998 Mr. Patrick served as Executive Director of the Mayor's Police/Community Relations Task Force.

Prior to his tenure as Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator, Mr. Patrick served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Programs for the New York City Department of Correction. In this capacity he oversaw the administration of more than $200 million in programs and services in the nation's largest municipal jail system. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Patrick served as the Correction Department's Assistant Commissioner for Training and Organizational Development. Prior to this he served as the agency's Director of Resource Development. Mr. Patrick authored the Department of Correction's Gang Task Force Report and played a lead role in expanding the agency's drug treatment beds from 400 to 1548.

Since the fall of 1993, Mr. Patrick has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a consultant to the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as a New York City Urban Fellow in 1987-88.

Mr. Patrick, 36, received a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1990 and earned his Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude in political science from Tuskegee University in 1986. As Commissioner Mr. Patrick will earn $133,000.


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