Commissioner Christine Coulter was appointed to the department’s top position in August of 2019. She leads the nation’s fourth largest police department with more than 6500 sworn and 800 civilian members. Previously, she served as Deputy Commissioner of Organizational Services, where she was responsible for professional support services, assuring officers and commanders in the field have the training, equipment and support personnel needed to combat crime and the fear of crime in Philadelphia. She also oversaw the development of the department’s use of technology as a tool in community engaged and data informed policing.
Commissioner Coulter is an experienced police commander with nearly 30 years of law enforcement service with time spent in patrol, narcotics intelligence, investigations and special patrol.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Eastern University and an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. She is a faculty member in the graduate program of Public Safety at Saint Joseph’s University’s Institute of Criminal Justice and Public Safety Administration. As a faculty member, her classes include Sociology of Disaster, Risk Assessment and Disaster Planning.
Commissioner Coulter is a Subject Matter Expert for National Highway Safety in the DDACTS Project (Data Driven approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety). Commissioner Coulter has received the prestigious F.B.I. Community Outreach Award, City Council Citations, The League of Sacred Heart Servant – Leadership Award and The Inspirational Irish Woman of the Year award.
No matter the law enforcement assignment, Commissioner Coulter’s compassion for people and commitment to fairness and public safety shape her leadership style and fuel her law enforcement decisions.