As she was sworn in late Saturday, Keechant Sewell made history, becoming the first female commissioner of the New York Police Department, which was founded 176 years ago.
“This oath reflects my deep commitment to our great city — and the individuals who are ranked as New York’s Finest,” Sewell, 49, tweeted after the ceremony at police headquarters. “I’m privileged to be here and ready to work!”
Sewell became the 45th commissioner of the country’s largest police force after having been chief of detectives in the Nassau County Police Department, where she was based for 25 years.
She chose Edward Caban, a former commanding officer of the Harlem district, to be her second-in-command.
Sewell was selected by New York’s new mayor, Eric Adams, who was also sworn into office Saturday in Times Square.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Rhoda Kwan