Police Commissioner Dermot Shea today announced the appointment of six NYPD commanders to new leadership positions within the Department’s executive team. The promotions build on the continued transformation of leadership for areas integral to the agency’s overall operations and mission.
“I am privileged to elevate each of these distinguished longtime NYPD leaders,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “Each of these commanders has shown exceptional vision in helping to steer the Department through the advancements of the last several years and each uniquely reflects the values and concerns of the citizens we serve.
Chief Juanita Holmes has been appointed as Chief of Patrol. In her new position, Chief Holmes will use her understanding of the way violence can afflict city neighborhoods she has served to reduce that violence and keep people safe. Chief Holmes, the highest ranking African American female officer in New York City Police Department history, will continue working to fulfill Commissioner Shea’s vision for the fairest and most effective policing possible in the city.
Chief Edward Delatorre has been appointed as Chief of Labor Relations, a critical assignment as the Police Department continues its work in reforming policing to best serve New Yorkers amid the continuing strain of budgetary and personnel challenges.
Assistant Chief Kim Royster has been appointed to lead in the important arena of transportation as Chief of Transportation.
Assistant Chief Kathleen O’Reilly has been appointed as Chief of Transit. Assistant Chief O’Reilly has, until this time, served Borough Commander of Manhattan North.
Deputy Chief Philip Rivera has been appointed Borough Commander of Manhattan North where he most recently served as Executive Officer.
Inspector Olufunmilola Obe has been appointed as Commander of the School Safety Division.
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