Prior to his academic career, Dr. McCabe completed 21 years of service with the New
York City Police Department where he held numerous command level positions including the
Commanding Officer of Labor Relations, Commanding Officer of the Training Bureau,
Commanding Officer of the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst/Corona, Queens. He was also the
Executive Officer of the Police Commissioner’s Office and the 113th Precinct in South
Jamaica. He retired in 2006 from the New York Police Department with the rank of

Degrees and certifications: B.A.,Queens College; M.A.,Empire State College; M.A., John
Jay College; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center; F.B.I. National Academy, 189th Session. 

Dr. McCabe teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Criminal



The International Implications of Quality-of-Life Policing as Practiced in New York City (with Bruce D. Johnson and Andrew Golub), Criminal Justice Faculty Publications (2010)

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has made enforcement of laws against disorder and...



The Narcotics Initiative: An Examination of the NYPD Approach to Drug Enforcement, 1995-2001, Criminal Justice Faculty Publications (2009)

In the mid-1990s, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) developed a new approach to...



What Works In Policing?: The Relationship Between Drug Enforcement and Serious Crime, Criminal Justice Faculty Publications (2008)

This research reports the relationship between serious crime, drug arrests, and nuisance abatement seizures in...



Policing and Social Control of Public Marijuana Use and Selling in New York City (with Bruce D. Johnson, Andrew Golub, Eloise Dunlap, and Stephen J. Sifaneck), Criminal Justice Faculty Publications (2006)

This article analyzes the history of policies by New York City government and police enforcement...


Popular Press


SHU Works With Bridgeport Police Department to Develop College Course for Bettering Officers’ Skills, Sacred Heart University News Story (2012)

‌"Sacred Heart University’s Criminal Justice program has partnered with the Bridgeport Police Department to create...


Book Reviews


Police Field Operations: Theory Meets Practice, by Michael Birzer and Cliff Roberson (Book Review), Criminal Justice Faculty Publications (2008)

Book review by James McCabe.

Birzer, Michael and Cliff Roberson. Police Field Operations: Theory Meets...