Incoming New York City mayor Eric Adams is very confident of the capabilities of Nassau County Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell, the first female police commissioner of the NYPD.
Adams said he decided to pick Swell as the head of the largest police force in the country with more than 52,000 members because she has the skills and drive to stop the rising criminalities in the Big Apple and keep New Yorkers safe from harm.
“Keechant Sewell is a proven crime fighter with the experience and emotional intelligence to deliver both the safety New Yorkers need and the justice they deserve,” Adams said.
“Chief Sewell will wake up every day laser-focused on keeping New Yorkers safe and improving our city, and I am thrilled to have her at the helm of the NYPD,” Adams added.
Sewell who will be the first woman to take charge of the department in its 176 years of existence is happy and thrilled with her new position.
“I’m here to meet the moment,” Sewell said.
“I’m very humbled to even be considered for this and it’s an extraordinary opportunity. And I take it very seriously, the historic nature of this,” Sewell added.
She said under her command NYPD will focus on resolving violent crimes which have affected many Big Apple residents.
“I want to let them know that we are absolutely focused on violent crime. Violent crime is the No. 1 priority,” Sewell said.
She will replace Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, who was the third white male cop to run the department under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.