NYPD chief retiring, replacement named
New Chief Rodney Harrison joined the NYPD in 1992 as a patrol officer
By Kyle Lawson
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
NEW YORK — The NYPD announced Thursday that a former Staten Island top cop is the new chief of department.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison will assume the highest-ranking uniformed position in the department, according to a tweet Thursday by Commissioner Dermot Shea.
The announcement came Thursday after news reports that Chief of Department Terence Monahan would be retiring.
Harrison became a police officer in 1992 and patrolled the 114th Precinct in Astoria. Three years later, he was promoted to detective and worked in several patrol boroughs, including Staten Island.
In 2014, he became the executive officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island, according to Advance records.
Harrison was fundamental in the creation and implementation of Neighborhood Policing, which the department recently expanded to include an emphasis on at-risk youth.
Harrison's promotion is part of an anticipated shake-up within the NYPD's top brass, while Dermot Shea is expected to remain as the city's police commissioner, the Daily News reported.
Congratulations to Chief Rodney Harrison, your new NYPD Chief of Department.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) February 25, 2021
From Jamaica, Queens, a NYer through & through, he made his way from undercover to most recently @NYPDDetectives. We know Rodney will do an amazing job for the people of this department & this city. pic.twitter.com/tdOOOinrJ1
On behalf of the men & women of the NYPD, we thank Chief Terence Monahan @NYPDChiefofDept for his almost 4 decades of dedicated service to this department & to the people of NYC. And we wish him well in his next venture as he continues working to better our great city. pic.twitter.com/bf2yOKa8Lm— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) February 25, 2021
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