The Suffolk County Police Department mourns the loss of former Police Commissioner John Gallagher who died recently at the age of 84. Gallagher served as Police Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department from 1997 to 2004, a career his family said he was most proud of. He was a graduate of the FBI Academy’s prestigious National Executive Institute and was a guest lecturer at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. When Gallagher retired from the police department, then Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney awarded him the Suffolk County Medal of Honor, the county’s highest honor. Additionally, the Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees renamed the police academy at the Grant Campus—The John C. Gallagher Suffolk County Police Academy.