Police Commissioner Michael Harrison
Michael Harrison was sworn in as the Baltimore Police Department’s 41st Commissioner on March 12, 2019. Before coming to Baltimore, Commissioner Harrison served the New Orleans Police Department for nearly 28 years. He joined the NOPD in 1991 and moved steadily through the ranks. Among his many assignments, he was the supervisor of the Public Integrity Bureau, Assistant Commander of the Seventh District, Commander of the Specialized Investigations Division, and Commander of the Seventh District. In 2014, he was appointed Superintendent and served in that role for four years.
Commissioner Harrison honorably served eight years with the Louisiana Air National Guard. He received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, as well as Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and also graduated from the F.B.I’s National Executive Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major City Chiefs Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force. In 2019, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Police Executive Research Forum.
Commissioner Harrison has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1992. They have two adult children and are now proud residents of Baltimore.