In Historic First, Black Woman Named NYPD Chief of Patrol

By Kevin Deutsch
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The NYPD on Thursday named Juanita Holmes the department’s chief of patrol, making her the highest ranking woman in city police history

“I am beyond proud and ecstatic for Juanita on a personal level, but also on a professional level to tell you now that Juanita will be the next and first woman chief of patrol for the New York City police department,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said of Holmes, who is also the highest ranking Black woman to ever wear the badge.

Holmes has over thirty years experience in policing. She is one of 17 members of her family currently serving with the NYPD.

“She is ready and she has proven over the years that she’s the right person for a crucial moment in our history,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Holmes.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.