Corey Pegues, a Queens New York native, is a retired NYPD Executive as well as a Author, Motivational Speaker, Community Leader, and Expert on police related topics. His career spans over two decades and speaks for itself.
Immediately, after graduating high school, in Queens New York, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served almost four years as a Medical Specialist, until the end of his enlistment in March 2001. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he enlisted in the New York State National Guard, where he spent the next 14 years of his military career.
Subsequent to his discharge from the Army, Corey entered the New York City Police Academy in January 1992. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the 114th Precinct, located in Astoria, Queens. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant five and a half years later. Corey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2002. In 2006 he was promoted to Captain and after only 11months, his strong work ethic, knowledge of police work and leadership was recognized, and he was transferred to Police Service Area #2 where he was assigned as the Commanding Officer. In May 2008, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly promoted Corey to the rank of Deputy Inspector. June of that year, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 67th Precinct, which is one of the most violent Precincts in the City of New York. After nearly four years of successful crime reductions and excellent community/police relationship building, in January 2012, Corey was assigned to Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. After a little more than 21 years of exemplary service to the citizens of New York City, Corey retired in April 2013.
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 for five years.
In May 2016, Corey published and authored his first book "Once A Cop" which has been met with critical acclaim around the country. His book is a memoir of his life which takes the reader on a rollercoaster that will have you going through several emotions as he details his story of growing up a drug dealer to becoming an executive in the biggest police department in the country.
Corey has made guest appearances on several television and syndicated radio talk shows including but not limited to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Politics Nation with Reverend Al Sharpton, OWN Network’s Fix My Life with Iyanla Vanzant, TV One with Roland Martin, C-Span Q & A, CNN, The Root TV, Insider, Street Soldiers, Al Jazeera America, ARISE America, RT Today, The Michael Baisden Show, WBLS, WPIX Channel 11, NY 1, News 12 Long Island, NPR, The Combat Jack Show and BET.com to give his expert analysis and opinion in the field of law enforcement. He has also been featured in print media such as the USA Today, NY Daily News, Amsterdam News and Publishers Weekly.
As the former President and Founder of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Long Island Chapter, and advisor to other professional affiliations, Corey has organized various community events such as Christmas Toy Drives, Back to School Giveaways and Thanksgiving Food Drives to name a few. In addition, he has held a leading role in organizing events to raise money to support local schools. Corey has also fought for the rights of others, in making sure that their civil liberties are being protected.
Corey is a graduate of St. Josephs College with a B.S. in Organizational Management, an M.P.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership from St. Johns University and a Post Graduate Certificate from the Police Management Institute at Columbia University.