NYC to Get First Female Police Commissioner in 176-Year History

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For the first time in 176 years, the New York City Police Department is getting its first female commissioner.

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams chose Keechant Sewell, the chief of detectives for Nassau County, to lead the New York City Police Department, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to the position. 

Sewell’s hiring comes as the agency grapples with a significant increase in gun violence and homicides since spring 2020. Adams praised her 25-year career, which included undercover assignments and overseeing gun suppression cases, CNN reported.   

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“Keechant Sewell is a proven crime fighter with the experience and emotional intelligence to deliver both the safety New Yorkers need and the justice they deserve,” Adams said. “Chief Sewell will wake up every day laser-focused on keeping New Yorkers safe and improving our city, and I am thrilled to have her at the helm of the NYPD.” 

Sewell said she’s “mindful of the historic nature” following the announcement that she will now be head of the nation’s largest police department. It’s not the first time she’s made a historic move, as she was the first Black woman to hold her position with Nassau police. 

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“As the first woman, and only the third black person to lead the NYPD in its 176-year history, I bring a different perspective, committed to making sure the department looks like the city it serves, and making the decision, just as Mayor-elect Adams did, to elevate women and people of color to leadership positions,” she said.

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