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Kim Royster’s promotion makes her the highest-ranking black woman in NYPD history

Kim Royster

NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster is making a lot of noise as she is set to become the highest-ranking Black woman in the department’s history.
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Office will be promoted to chief by the end of the month.

In the NYPD Personnel Division, Royster will be responsible for “streamlining recruitment efforts for the police academy,” reports the New York Daily News.
“She will oversee recruitment — how we go about getting the people, how we inform them of the process and how we get them through recruitment,” a source reportedly told the paper.

The 30-year veteran and mother of two started her career with the NYPD in 1985 as a police administrative aide and has been credited with being the driving force in the NYPD’s gun buyback program, which is responsible for taking more than 8,000 weapons off the streets.

The move comes in the wake of Bratton promising to diversify the force, though a police source said Royster wasn’t given her new assignment because of her race.

“She was in Internal Affairs, she was a precinct executive, she worked in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning,” the source said. “She has a macro view of the department.”


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