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Former NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison sworn in as Suffolk's first Black police commissioner

Former NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison sworn in as Suffolk's first Black police commissioner
Former NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison was sworn in Tuesday as Suffolk's first Black police commissioner, taking the reins of a department in the midst of potentially sweeping reform, the challenges of a p

There will be long days, sharing ideas and strategies, but together we will make this a phenomenal public safety organization," Harrison said.Harrison said being selected as the county’s first Black commissioner was "a step in the right direction" toward the goal of diversity and a testament to Bellone’s character."The history of this police department has had some great commissioners before me, but for the county executive to choose me, an outsider, to lead this police department is impressive," Harrison said."Every time he gets a promotion, I wonder when he’s going to stop," Amber Harrison said.

"The most important thing to me is that you sign out at the end of your tour and that you go home to your family," Harrison said.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tapped Harrison, who rose from an NYPD cadet to chief of department, saying he wants Harrison to bring a new perspective to Suffolk County police.

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