Who is Keechant Sewell and how old is she?

AFTER Mayor-elect Eric Adams chose Nassau County Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell to lead the nation's largest police department.

Current NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea will finish his term and retire at the end of the year, making Sewell the first black woman to take the position of top officer in the city.

Who is Keechant Sewell and how old is she?

Originally from Queens, New York, Sewell is a 49-year-old police officer and a 22-year Nassau County police veteran who is well-liked in her department, according to NBC New York. 

Sewell has handled a variety of leadership positions, including overseeing big cases and negotiating with hostages.

She also beat out many candidates for the position including former Seattle top officer Carmen Best, who congratulated Sewell, then said she was "proud to have been a finalist and will continue focused on charting the future of public safety" in a statement.

Commissioner Danielle Outlaw of Philadelphia, former Newark Chief Ivonne Roman, and NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes were among the other contenders.

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What has mayor-elect Eric Adams said about Keechant Sewell?

A retired NYPD captain himself, Adams formally presented Sewell at a news conference in Queens on December 15. 

During the Democratic primary this summer, Adams embraced a public-safety agenda and campaigned on a promise to strengthen and reform the NYPD in light of recent increases in violent crime.

Adams said: “She carried a sledgehammer and she crashed and destroyed every glass ceiling in her way. And today she has crashed and destroyed the final one we have in New York City. We have a strong, powerful new police commissioner.”

Her appointment to NYPD Police Commissioner is "a powerful message to girls and young women across the city,” he said.

What did Keechant Sewell say about her appointment?

Sewell, who is the third Black woman to lead the NYPD, said she was well aware of the history surrounding her appointment and promised to bring a "different perspective" to her position.

She said that she is “committed to making sure the department looks like the city it serves and making the decision, just as Mayor-elect Adams did, to elevate women and people of color to leadership positions.”

In an interview with the New York Post after her appointment, Sewell said, she is confident in her abilities to lead a force of 35,000 uniformed officers and over 18,000 civilian employees.

“I have been doing this for 25 years, I am ready to hit the ground running,” she said.

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