President, Sergeants Benevolent Association
Edward D. Mullins has been a member of the New York City Police Department since January 1982. On July 1, 2002, he was elected President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association by an overwhelming majority of its members. Early in his career, he was assigned to the 13th Precinct on Manhattan’s East Side. After nearly 10 years he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the 10th Precinct in Manhattan’s Chelsea area. Promoted to Sergeant in 1993, he was assigned to the 19th Precinct on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and subsequently transferred to the Detective Bureau in Brooklyn South, where he served in the 67th Precinct Detective Squad, Special Victims Squad, and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Mullins learned about labor-management as a PBA and SBA delegate in the 13th and 19th Precincts and the Detective Bureau.
As President of the SBA, one of New York City’s most visible labor unions, and one of the largest police unions in the nation, his responsibilities are significant. Besides overseeing the daily administrative and operational functions of a 11,000 member organization with assets in excess of $180 million, he is the organization’s chief spokesman, advocate and visionary. He serves as Chairman and Trustee to the union’s Health Benefits Fund and Annuity Fund. He is a Trustee for the New York City Police Pension Fund, with fiscal holdings estimated to be in excess of $16 billion. Additional duties include initiating legislative and political action agendas on local, state, and national government levels.
In the time he has been President of the SBA, Mullins has done much to modernize the organization and update its business practices and expectations so that it is empowered to more effectively represent the interests of NYPD sergeants. These innovations reflect his aspiration to serve as an agent of change while maintaining the integrity and activism that have long come to characterize the New York City police sergeant.