IACP Mourns the Loss of Honorary President Thomas Constantine

Thomas A. Constantine, age 76, died on May 3, 2015, at his winter home in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In 1962, Honorary President Constantine began his police career as a trooper with the New York State Police. He rose through the ranks and became the first New York trooper in 30 years to rise to the level of superintendent in 1987. Seven years later, in 1994, he was appointed as chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). From there he would go on to lead police reform efforts in Northern Ireland, work as a law enforcement consultant, and serve as a mentor and instructor at the University of Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Not only did Honorary President Constantine serve the world-wide law enforcement community through his career roles, but he was also an asset to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was the Chair of IACP’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee and served as IACP Vice President. He stepped down from his role on the IACP Board of Officers when he was appointed as chief of the DEA. However, in 1997, at the IACP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, where he would have been sworn in as IACP President, he was installed as Honorary President. He was the first individual to be named Honorary IACP President.

Honorary President Constantine is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their six children: Patty Gatta, Tom Constantine, Kevin Constantine, Lisa Reale, Kathy Constantine, and Laura Jeczyk.

His two sons, Tom and Kevin, both entered the field of law enforcement like their father. Kevin is a veteran Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and Tom is Assistant Director of Public Safety at Union College after retiring from the Niskayuna Police Department.