Black female cop is named NYPD’s new Chief of Patrol and becomes highest ranking woman in the department’s history – after predecessor resigned amid bitter feud with Mayor de Blasio
- Juanita Holmes was appointed to the high-powered position on Thursday
- She will now be tasked with overseeing 22,000 officers across the city
- Appointment comes amid widespread tension between cops and NYC residents
- Holmes is replacing Fausto Pichardo, who quit the job amid a feud with Mayor Bill de Blasio
- de Blasio recently voted to slash $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget follwoing pressure from anti-police activists
By Andrew Court For Dailymail.com
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A black female police officer has been named the NYPD’s new Chief of Patrol, making her the highest-ranking woman in the department’s 175 year history.
Juanita Holmes was officially appointed to the powerful position Thursday, during a press conference held by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
Holmes will now be charged with overseeing more than 22,000 uniformed NYPD officers across 77 precincts.
Holmes’ appointment comes amid widespread tension between NYPD officers and many New York City residents, following claims of systemic racism in the police system.
Speaking to the media following her appointment, Holmes pleaded for calm and pledged to help cops and communities come together.
‘We have to bring those communities into our world, sit down and go back to the drawing board and get it right,” she stated.
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