Keechant Sewell, now Nassau County Chief of Detectives, will be New York City’s first Black woman to lead the nation’s largest police force with more than 52,000 members. Her new date will begin in January 2022.
Elected Mayor Eric Adams long ago said he would assign a woman to the post. After launching a nationwide search, Sewell was among dozens of female executives interviewed by Adams’ team. The former NYPD captain is said to have favored Sewell as NYPD commissioner for months when the search began. Now, Sewell will be the first woman to head the department in 176 years and the third black police commissioner in the city’s history.
“I am humbled to be considered for this, and it is an extraordinary opportunity. And I take it very seriously, the historical nature of this,” said Sewell The New York Post in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, just weeks before she became the city’s 45th top cop.
Sewell has worked in law enforcement for 25 years. “Keechant Sewell is a crime fighter with the experience and emotional intelligence to deliver both the safety New Yorkers need and the justice they deserve,” Adams said. Post.
Sewell will take on her duties while crime increases exponentially in the city due to gun violence. The Queens native said she will be doing a “full review” of what works and doesn’t work as it relates to police and crime. Additionally, she looks forward to coordinating “active meetings scheduled both internally with the police department and the community.”
As stated in Adams’ campaign, “Living in a high crime community and experiencing gun violence creates trauma that affects young people’s ability to learn and achieve in life. We will provide appropriate services to address trauma and enable healing, reducing the risk of incarceration, teen pregnancy and homelessness. ”
This historic moment for Sewell gives her confidence in her ability to lead a force of 35,000 uniformed officers and nearly 18,000 civilian employees.
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