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Interim Police Commissioner

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle
Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle
With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Gary Tuggle, a Baltimore native, began his law enforcement career as a Baltimore City Police Officer. In 1992, he joined the DEA and was assigned to the Baltimore District Office after graduating 1st in his Basic Agent class. He later transferred to the Miami Field Division, where he worked on a number of complex international drug investigations. In 1995, he was transferred to the Bridgetown, Barbados Country Office where he served as the Assistant Country Attaché for an eight country area of responsibility. He served in this capacity until 2001. Gary was transferred to the Chicago Field Division where he was promoted to the position of Group Supervisor, supervising a highly productive enforcement group from 2001-2004.
 
From 2004 – 2007, he served as the DEA Country Attaché at the US Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad. His duties required extensive coordination with USG entities, including the Intelligence Community, DOD, and the U.S. State Department. Under his direction, the Port of Spain CO (POSCO) initiated Operation Port of Call, an anti-money laundering initiative under AGEO Operation Sovereignty, as well as other Enforcement and Intel programs that significantly increased the drug law enforcement capacity of the Caribbean region.
 
In 2010, Gary was selected to serve as Executive Officer to the DEA Administrator. Prior to this assignment, he served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center (OFC) where he directed a number of operational, intelligence, and administrative programs; all focused on identifying, investigating, and prosecuting members of high-level drug trafficking and organized criminal enterprises. Before joining the OFC, Gary was a Staff Coordinator and Acting ASAC in the Latin America and Caribbean Section of DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). During this time, Gary was one of two Staff Coordinators chosen to handle high profile Colombian cocaine enforcement operations. In 2012, Gary was assigned as an Assistant Special in Charge of DEA’s Washington Field Division where he subsequently led the Baltimore District Office until his promotion to the DEA’s Senior Executive Service and appointment as the Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division.
 
On May 15th, 2018, Mayor Catherine Pugh appointed Gary Tuggle as the Interim Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department.
 
Gary holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Management Science at Coppin State University. During his career, he has received numerous service awards and accolades.
 

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