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Department chief Rodney Harrison is calling it a career after becoming the first person in the history of the NYPD, the largest police department in the United States, to rise through the ranks from cadet to its highest-ranking uniformed officer. Is. He will retire on December 30, 2021.

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Harrison joined the NYPD in 1991 and then served as the department’s first Black Chief of Detectives during his 30-year career, having been shot in the 1990s while working undercover investigating drug crimes, every borough. The assignment was held in the U.S., and was the official in charge of monitoring the wind speed to decide whether the giant balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade could fly.

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“Throughout my career, I am extremely proud to have worked tirelessly to protect people and give back to the city’s communities,” Harrison said in a statement. “It is an honor to be part of this great police department, to execute our intelligence-driven policing strategies, to help develop many lasting reforms, and to create meaningful dialogue with the youth of our city.”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called Harrison an “innovative leader” who did his job “with knowledge, skill, integrity and a great passion”.

“Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor and friend, but also the brand new leader of our city and our department [have] He is needed in these challenging times,” Shea said in a statement. “We will miss him, but we wish him well.”

Head of Department Rodney Harrison (NYPD Photo)

In recent years, Harrison was instrumental in implementing the department’s “neighborhood policing” strategy, which pushes officers out of their patrol cars and onto the streets so they can bond with residents.

Harrison, a New Yorker, grew up in Jamaica, Queens. His wife is a retired NYPD lieutenant and his two daughters are badass cops assigned to patrol the street.

“I am fortunate to have two of my children leading this important work,” Harrison said.

with Associated Press.