Chief Anthony J. Izzo, the son of a New York City policeman, began his law enforcement career in 1968 with the NYPD as a 17-year-old police trainee. In 1971, he was appointed to the position of police officer and rose through the ranks, becoming a captain in 1994. From 1998 through 2002 he was promoted four more times. In 2006 he was promoted to the position of Bureau Chief.
In 1995, Izzo was chosen to command the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights. His policing strategies were recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police amongst a national pool of Police Executives for the I.A.C.P. I.T.T. Community Policing Award. The award recognizes best practices, initiative, and creativity in policing.
In 1998, he was named the Commanding Officer of the 75th Precinct. With just one year in command, the precinct’s murder rate was reduced to levels not seen in over 30 years.
In 1999, the NYPD acknowledged this milestone by awarding the members of the command its prestigious Unit Citation Award.
From September 2000 through October 2003 he served as both the executive and commanding officer of Patrol Borough Bronx. In 2003, Izzo was called upon to command the NYPD Narcotics Division. In January 2006, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly once again called upon the Chief to command the 2,100 detectives assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau.
Over the course of his career, he has been cited 41 times for bravery and excellent police work. He holds numerous awards and citations from elected officials, community leaders, and fraternal organizations. He has been named Man of the Year by the NYPD Columbia Association, as well as the New York Shields. In 2007, he was honored by the IL Leone Di San Marco.