By Kevin Deutsch
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.