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Speaker's Bio

Corey Pegues, RET.

NYPD Executive, Author, Motivational Speaker

As a result of his professionalism and gravitas in the field, Corey rose quickly through the ranks of the NYPD. He is a celebrated Commander and public servant who has been at the forefront of bridging the gap between the community and police. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards and specialized training on a myriad of topics aiding in his impeccable record on the police force. He was also an Adjunct Professor (Criminal Justice Department) at Monroe College and Medgar Evers College for over five years.

In May 2016, Cmdr. Pegues published and authored his first book Once A Cop, which has received critical acclaim across the country. This memoir of his life takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster as he details his story of growing up a drug dealer to becoming an executive in the biggest police department in the United States. In addition, a documentary titled A Cops and Robbers Story, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, captures Cmdr. Pegues’s transformation from drug dealer to police executive.

Policing While Black and Accountability

Community Policing

Inclusive Police Leadership and Management Practices

A Cops and Robbers Story - Official Teaser

A Cops and Robbers Story charts the unlikely journey of Corey Pegues from drug-dealing gang member to celebrated NYPD deputy inspector. Continuing her exploration of stranger-than-fiction stories, Ilinca Calugareanu’s insightful film proffers the perennial question of who deserves — or, doesn’t deserve — a second chance in life.
ⒸVernon Films 2020

Corey Pegues on CNN with Don Lemon

Former NYPD Commander Corey Pegues details his rise to success in law enforcement following a youth spent dealing drugs

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