James F. McShane joined Columbia University as the Assistant Vice President for the Department of Public Safety in January 2004. He was promoted to Associate Vice President in January 2006 before now holding the position as Vice President. Jim is responsible for security and safety at the Morningside, Medical Center, and Manhattanville Campuses. He oversees all uniformed operations and investigations and is responsible for security technology and fire safety.
Jim McShane is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He began his career on patrol in the 52nd Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 1984 and served as a patrol supervisor in the 41st and 42nd Precincts. After graduating from St. John's University School of Law in 1986, Jim obtained a leave of absence to work as an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Rogers & Wells. Upon his return to the department in October 1987, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters and then to the Office of the Police Commissioner as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
Promoted to Lieutenant in November 1989, Jim McShane was soon assigned to the staff of First Deputy Commissioner Ray Kelly. He was promoted to Captain in January 1992 while attending the Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master of public administration degree. In the fall of 1992, he returned to the Police Commissioner's Office as Legal Advisor to then Police Commissioner Kelly. In 1994, Deputy Inspector McShane commanded the 47th Precinct in the Bronx. Thereafter, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the First Deputy Commissioner's Office under Commissioner John Timoney in January 1995.
In August 1996, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, where he served until June 1997, when he was transferred to the Traffic Control Division. Jim served in Traffic for nearly six years, as both the Executive Officer and as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2002. In March 2003, Chief McShane was appointed Executive Officer of the Narcotics Division, his final assignment in a 24-year career with the department.
Prior to joining the N.Y.P.D., Jim McShane taught mathematics in the South Bronx for five years--first at St. Angela Merici Elementary School and then at Morris High School, where he also served as Dean of Students.
Jim McShane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright Grant as a lecturer at the Police College of Finland in Helsinki, Finland in 2000.