Keechant Sewell who will also be the third black person in the position, will have to restore public confidence in the police department which is accused of harboring violent, racist and corrupt police officers.
New York has appointed the first female police leader to lead the country’s largest police force, American media reported Tuesday, at a time when the city’s legal confidence is waning.
Keechant Sewell ,who will also be the third black person in the position, will have to restore public confidence in the police department which is accused of harboring violent, racist and corrupt police officers.
Former police chief and democratically elected mayor Eric Adams, who will be the second black mayor of the city, announced a crucial election two weeks before he officially took office on January 1, 2022, security is one of the biggest concerns during his campaign.
Keechant Sewell is a proven criminal with the knowledge and intelligence to bring the security needed by the people of New York and the justice she deserves,” Adams told the New York Post.
Commanding an estimated 36,000 police officers in the largest city in the United States, Seell, 49, will carry out the difficult task of maintaining security in New York at a time when the coronavirus epidemic is accompanied by an increase in crime.
“We welcome Chief Keechant Sewell to the toughest police service in America. The hardest part is being a NYPD police officer on the street,” said Patrick Lynch, head of the city’s largest police union, the Police Benevolent Association.
Sewell is currently a senior detective in Nassau County, east of New York City.
“We are very focused on violent crime,” he told the Post. “Violent crime is on the rise.”