The NYPD’s barrier-breaking Chief of Department Rodney Harrison is about to retire at the end of the year from his submit as the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the NYPD, the division introduced Thursday.
Harrison, who took the reins from Terence Monahan earlier this year after being tapped as the NYPD’s first black chief of detectives in December 2019, is about to retire on Dec. 30, the NYPD stated in a Thanksgiving press launch.
The native of Jamaica joined the division in 1991 as a cadet — making him the first particular person to stand up the NYPD’s ranks from cadet to Chief of Department, the NYPD stated.
“I’m extremely proud to have worked tirelessly, over my entire career, protecting people and giving back to the city’s communities,” Harrison stated in a press release. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this great police department, to carry out our intelligence-driven policing strategies, to help develop several lasting reforms, and to build meaningful dialogue with our city’s young people. And I am privileged that two of my children will carry on this important work.”
Harrison began off in the 114th Precinct in Astoria earlier than shifting up via the ranks, working as an govt officer in the forty seventh Precinct and commanding officer in the twenty eighth and thirty second precincts.
He grew to become the Chief of Detectives in December 2019, the place he “directed the investigations of crimes during one of the most violent years New York City has experienced in decades,” the division stated in the launch. He was the first African American to maintain that title.
As Chief of Department, he oversaw Compstat, managed restoration efforts after the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter riots final year, and labored to enhance relationships with neighborhood leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, police stated.
“Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor, and friend, but exactly the kind of innovative leader our city and our department has needed in these challenging times,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea stated in a press release. “He has performed in every rank – from patrol officer, to undercover officer displaying tremendous valor, to Chief of Department – with knowledge, skill, integrity, and a great passion for our continuing mission to always protect life and property and to build lasting relationships with those we serve. We will miss him, but we wish him well.”
Harrison’s spouse is a retired NYPD lieutenant, and two of their grownup daughters, Amber and Tyra, have been just lately sworn in as cops.