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New York City Police Department appoints first black chief of detectives

A new chief of detectives, Rodney Harrison, has been appointed by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and he is a black man.

This will be the first time a black person will be holding that position since the force's founding about 200 years ago.

CNN reports that the spokesperson for the NYPD revealed that Harrison was appointed to the position on Wednesday, December 4.

Harrison had previously served as chief of patrol where he supervised policing in communities throughout the city.

New York City Police Department appoints first black chief of detectives

New York City Police Department appoints Rodney Harrison as first black chief of detectives. Photo: CNN
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This new role will make Harrison handle a slightly different unit that focuses on the detection and investigation of crimes.

Harrison took over the rein as chief of detectives from Dermot Shea who took after as police commissioner this December after the resignation of James O'Neill.

Harrison in reacting to his new role said:

"I'm humbled to become Chief of Detectives, a position I've always strived for and will work tirelessly to build the strongest possible cases and bring those that commit crimes to justice."

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Harrison joined the NYPD in 1991 as a cadet and became a detective in 1995. Before he became the chief of patrol, the black man worked as the chief of detectives of Brooklyn North.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a Nigerian, Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin was appointed by California governor, Gavin Newsom, as the new director of the state’s department of transportation.

Omishakin's appointment was made on Tuesday, September 3, and he would be replacing acting director Bob Franzola.

The 36-year-old Nigerian has a masters degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University and has for eight years served as the deputy commissioner for environment and planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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