Detective First Grade, New York City Police Department
Detective Michael Hinrichs, grandson of a NYPD Detective, was appointed to the NYPD in July of 1984. After serving as a uniformed patrol officer and then as a plain-clothes Anti-crime officer in Brooklyn’s 67th precinct, he was promoted to Detective in 1994. He was later transferred to the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad where he remained for the next 16+ years, solving many high-profile cases. While he was assigned to the Homicide Squad, he was promoted to Detective First Grade, the highest rank for NYPD Detectives. Detective Hinrichs was one of the most decorated police officers in NYPD history, receiving over 200 awards, medals and citations, including the NYPD Combat Cross (twice), and the Medal of Valor (twice).
Detective Hinrichs retired in 2014, after suffering a stroke. Upon his recovery, he continues to serve the NYPD as a volunteer Peer Support Officer and Trauma Counselor.
On a personal note, being selected to represent the NYPD during the dedication of the Law Enforcement Memorial in 1991, was a truly proud and humbling moment. During my 30+ year career, including several years as a Homicide Detective and especially during and after the 911 Terror attacks, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with police officers from all over our great country. Along with my NYPD family, the men and women that I have met in law enforcement, from towns and cities big and small, were some of the most honest, loyal, dedicated, and brave people you could ever know. It is an honor and privilege to be included in this museum with so many special people.
“LEST WE FORGET”