Rodney Harrison, who grew up in Jamaica, Queens, is making major history with the NYPD becoming the first African American chief of detectives.
Harrison, 50, said experience counts for a lot, which has everything to do with his promotion at NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan Thursday, Dec. 19.
“I had negative interactions with police officers growing up,” Harrison said. “I’m now in a position to make sure we build those relationships, strengthen those relationships.”
During his 27 years with the NYPD, Harrison has been able to command two precincts, the detectives of Brooklyn North and the NYPD’s patrol division.
With this new position of guiding the department’s 5,000 detectives, Harrison said he hopes to bridge the gap between the community and the NYPD.
“I want to make sure one of the things we do is strengthen those relationships, where people are willing to come forward to help conduct these investigations,” said Harrison.
Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke about Harrison’s new promotion, saying, “I certainly am aware of and consider diversity, but I’m concerned about the best man or woman for the job, and I think we’ve done that.”