Yonkers Police Department
Police Commissioner Charles Gardner
Charles Gardner was appointed Police Commissioner of the City of Yonkers on January 1st, 2012. As a 39 year member of the Yonkers Police Department, Commissioner Gardner rose through the ranks advancing through a series of progressively responsible positions in numerous commands and divisions. During his career he also served as the commanding officer in all three of the department’s bureaus which included the Support Services Bureau, Investigations Bureau and Field Services Bureau.
Commissioner Gardner was born and raised in Yonkers where he attended local schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. He also attended numerous law enforcement related courses including the Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University, The US Department of Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the US Naval Postgraduate School and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Executive Development Program.
He is the recipient of 14 awards and certificates including the Meritorious Service award from the Police Columbia Association, 2010 Police Officer of the Year award from the Yonkers Exchange Club and the honor of being chosen as the 2012 Boss of the Year from the New York State Shields Organization and the YMCA's Safer Communities award in 2015.
The Commissioner is an accomplished law enforcement professional with a broad based knowledge and experience in the field of criminal justice. During his tenure with the department, he was a founding member of the department’s Honor / Color Guard, implemented the department’s first Citi-Stat program modeled after the NYPD Compstat program, designed and implemented the Yonkers Police Department’s first Homeless Outreach Team, served as Incident Commander for the 2008 Papal visit to Yonkers and advised and participated in the formation of the department’s Truancy Reduction and Sex Offender Monitoring Programs.
Commissioner Gardner is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Chiefs of Police Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Police Executive Research Forum, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
He also serves as an advisory board member of the Yonkers Drug Court, an Executive Board Member and past President of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association, and is a board member of the Community Planning Council of Yonkers, the Yonkers Police Athletic league, Westchester County Traffic Safety Board and St. Peter’s Child Care Center.
Commissioner Gardner’s son is also a Yonkers Police officer.
Yonkers Police Department