Eric Adams introduces NYPD commissioner pick Keechant Sewell



Incoming NYPD top cop Keechant Sewell vowed on Wednesday to be “laser focused” on gun crime and take violent criminals off the streets as she was named the first female police commissioner of the country’s biggest police department.

“It is said that the NYPD is the best of the best, we’re about to get even better,” Sewell, 49, said at a press conference at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, the public housing development where she grew up.

“My shoes are laced up, I’m ready to get to work.”

Sewell, who is the current Nassau County Chief of Detectives, was officially named NYPD commissioner on Wednesday by Mayor-elect Eric Adams.

“In this city, in this moment, I have come full circle. It’s with a humble heart and clear eyes … that I accept the position of New York City police commissioner,” she said.

“I have been immersed in policing. I have watched, admired and worked alongside the remarkable members of the NYPD. It is a privilege to stand beside them now.”

Keechant Sewell
Keechant Sewell

Adams said Sewell’s appointment, which was first reported on by The Post Tuesday night, was a “historic choice.”

“Chief Sewell’s appointment today is a powerful message to young girls and women across the city – there is no ceiling to your ambition,” Adams said.

The Mayor-elect called Sewell “the woman for the job.”

“We have witnessed so many women who have conducted themselves in a professional way but never received the opportunity to do the job at a higher level,” Adams said at a press conference in Long Island City.

“That is stopping today.”

Sewell will become the city’s 45th top cop from Jan. 1. The 49-year-old is replacing Dermot Shea, who is retiring from the NYPD after 30 years, the last two as commissioner.

Sewell, a Queens native, comes into the role as the NYPD struggles to keep crime down – particularly shootings and killings.

She was a surprise choice for the NYPD’s top job — having led just 350 uniformed officers for the past 15 months.

Keechant Sewell
Keechant Sewell, 49, will lead the NYPD as its first female police commissioner.
Matthew McDermott

Sources said Adams, who had vowed to hire a woman as commissioner, had favored Sewell for months during his hunt for the next leader of the largest police force in the country.


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