Police Commissioner James O’Neill, NYPD executives, and loved ones gathered at the 67 Precinct for the Patrick D. Brennan “Cop of the Year” award ceremony. The annual award is presented to a member of the service who has served the community with distinction. This year’s awardee was Deputy Chief Charles M. Scholl from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.
Since its inception in 2000, the award has honored a cross-section of cops who have gone above and beyond in their service to the city. As a lifelong Brooklyn resident, Deputy Chief Scholl has spent nearly 38 years serving the people of New York City. As he rose through the NYPD ranks, Deputy Chief Scholl always displayed exceptional character and dedication:
“A lifelong Brooklyn resident he has given this borough virtually all of his 38 years of service in the NYPD,” Police Commissioner O’Neill said about Deputy Chief Scholl.
His success in working with his cops and the members of the community helped him rise up through the ranks through a number of different commands in Brooklyn.”
Deputy Chief Scholl will be joining a list of incredible NYPD members who have been bestowed this honor. Detectives Dillon Stewart, Francis Hennessy, Russel Timoshenko, Sergeant Herman Yan, and Lieutenant Jack Cambria all received the “Cop of the Year” award. Assistant Chief Steven Powers and members of the Brennan family addressed those present and took the opportunity to speak about Chief Brennan’s incredible legacy.
Assistant Chief Patrick D. Brennan was a much-loved former Brooklyn South commander. Chief Brennan served all over this Borough – the North and the South.
Assistant Chief Patrick Brennan began his career with the NYPD as a patrolman in the 84th Precinct in September 1965. Before achieving the rank of Assistant Chief in July 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant in May 1973; Lieutenant in March 1984; Captain in December 1987; Deputy Inspector in May 1993; Inspector in October 1994; and Deputy Chief in August 1995.
Assistant Chief Brennan served as Commanding Officer of the 5th, 72nd, 84th and 90th Precincts, and the Criminal Justice Bureau. He also served as Commanding Officer of the Detective Squads in the 5th, 70th, and 72nd Precincts.
He was a native of Ireland and was active in the Irish-American community. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College prior to joining the NYPD.
Chief Brennan died on July 5, 2003, following a 10-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Monica and their children: John, Dermott, Patrick Jr., Martin, and Maureen. Dermott and Patrick Jr., were NYPD cops.