NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday marks the first day on the job for Dermot Shea as New York City’s 44th police commissioner.
The 28-year NYPD veteran takes over after serving as NYPD chief of detectives.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Congratulations to the 44th Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, Dermot Shea pic.twitter.com/HUvUti7p1W
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 1, 2019
O’Neill, 61, retired from the NYPD to take a job as Visa’s senior vice president and global head of physical security.
Thank you, Commissioner James P. O’Neill, our 43rd Police Commissioner.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
We thank him for his vision, leadership, and 37 years of dedicated service to the NYPD & all New Yorkers. pic.twitter.com/BfzrdUpGR9
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 30, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio has credited Shea with building strategies that drove crime to record lows.
When he announced Shea’s appointment, the mayor called him “one of the best-prepared incoming police commissioners this city has ever seen.”
Born and raised in Sunnyside, Dermot Shea is a New Yorker through and through. A 28-year veteran, he knows what it's like to walk a beat and lead a precinct. He helped build the strategies that have driven crime to record lows. He’s a proven change agent.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 4, 2019
The new commissioner has already been met with criticism, however. Some New Yorkers questioned why de Blasio passed over Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker for the top job.MORE NEWS: Parents Of Immunocompromised Girl Say Long Island School District Refused Requests For Adequate Remote Option
In an interview with CBS2, Shea said he was committed to making the city safer for all communities and that he is committed to making sure upper management at the NYPD reflects the diversity of the city.