New York Deputy Police Commissioner James Fyfe, 63, the department’s training chief and a nationally recognized expert on the use of police force, has died of cancer, reports the New York Daily News. Born in Brooklyn, Fyfe began his career patrolling downtown Brooklyn in 1963, and worked in many precincts. “His favorite was Times Square because of all the action,” said criminologist Candace McCoy, Fyfe’s widow.
Fyfe left the NYPD as a lieutenant after earning a doctorate in 1978. His dissertation, which examined police shootings, earned him a nickname: “Dr. Deadly Force.” It was cited in a 1985 U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional a rule authorizing police to shoot fleeing suspects. He returned to the New York from Temple University as deputy commissioner of training in 2002. “Jim will be missed but his contributions live on in the professionalism of thousands of police officers,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.