U.S. Secret Service Names Former NYPD Communications Advisor As New York Field Office Spokesperson

Published on April 30, 2024, 5:19 pm
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The U.S. Secret Service is pleased to announce that James Byrne will join the agency as a public affairs officer assigned to the New York Field Office effective May 20, 2024.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Byrne was a detective with the New York City Police Department, most recently leading the executive communications team for the police commissioner. He retired in April after nearly 23 years of service.

“We are excited to have James join the New York Field Office team,” said Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Freaney, U.S. Secret Service’s New York Field Office. “His experience as a professional communicator will be an invaluable asset as we strive to keep the public informed about our office’s investigations and engagements.”

Byrne joined the NYPD in July of 2001. As part of the 9/11 class, he spent several weeks working in the vicinity of Ground Zero.

In 2006, Byrne became a staff writer for the NYPD’s internal magazine “Spring 3100.” While assigned to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information’s Office, he served on a citywide response team that liaises with media at emergencies. As a result, Byrne responded to countless critical incidents across New York City, ranging from terror attacks to building collapses, plane crashes to officer-involved shootings.

He became a detective in 2012 and would ultimately achieve the seminal rank of detective, first grade in 2022.

“Detective James Byrne has served the NYPD and the people of New York City with distinction for more than two decades,” said NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban. “Throughout his career, James has been a trusted communications advisor to many in the executive ranks, as well as a steady and reliable liaison to members of the press. During my tenure, James led my Executive Communications Team and served as chief speechwriter. An integral member of my staff, he will be missed greatly. On behalf of the entire NYPD, I wish him all the best in his new role with the United States Secret Service.” 

For more information regarding Secret Service initiatives in New York City and to learn more about the agency’s integrated protective and investigative mission, contact NYFOMedia@usss.dhs.gov or visit secretservice.gov.



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