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Mayor-elect Eric Adams picks Keechant Sewell as first female police commissioner of NYPD

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has selected Nassau County Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell to be the first female police commissioner of the NYPD.

Sewell will serve as the city’s 45th police commissioner and will enter the position at a time when the force is facing a steep rise in street violence.

“I’m here to meet the moment,” Sewell said in exclusive interview with The New York Post. She added, “I’m very humbled to even be considered for this and it’s an extraordinary opportunity. And I take it very seriously, the historic nature of this.” Adams called his selection of Sewell a “gut choice,” as the 49-year-old from Long Island has led 351 officers over the past 15 months.’

Adams, who was formerly a NYPD captain, had previously said he would select a woman for the position. His team led a nationwide search, speaking to dozens of female executives, including former Seattle Police Chief Carmeb Best, former Newark Chief Ivonne Roman, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, and the current NYPD chief of patrol, Juanita Holmes.

Adams commented to The Post, “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.” He added, “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.” 

The city has seen a recent spike in gun violence and murders, which could make Sewell’s start on the job difficult. But she is committed to getting the city back on its feet and making it safe once again. “I want to let them know that we are absolutely focused on violent crime. Violent crime is the No. 1 priority,” she said. 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: MARKET WATCH

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