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    YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There’s a sweeping police reform plan to address alleged racism in policing on Long Island. The new Suffolk County police commissioner tells CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan that transparency is the way to build trust. READ MORE: Racist Graffiti At 2 Bronx Playgrounds Has Elected Officials Calling For ChangeHistoric change is coming to the Suffolk Police Department. The first African American police commissioner is taking the reins, installing reform through a transparency hub on SuffolkPD.org. Anyone can log on. “Transparency. Giving the community access to what’s going on internally within this police department can only build trust,” Commissioner Rodney Harrison said. It will reveal traffic and pedestrian stops, including race, ethnicity , location, hate crimes, 911 calls, internal affairs cases. “There was always the question: Was it a few bad apples, or is there a whole orchard of bad police officers?” said Human Rights Commission Chair Lynda Perdomo-Ayala. She’s married to a member of the NYPD, and as chair of the Human Rights Commission, says the shared data portal will allow civilian oversight: Increased accountability. Police unions are...
    BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Suffolk County Police have announced a new effort to catch the suspected serial killer in the Gilgo Beach murders. Commissioner Rodney Harrison has put together a task force to solve one of Long Island’s most notorious criminal cases. READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison On Gilgo Beach Murders: ‘We Will Not Rest Until We Bring Those Accountable To Justice’ The FBI, state police and local law enforcement will now meet daily to investigate. In 2010 and 2011, the remains of 11 young women and teenagers were found along Ocean Parkway.
    BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – More than a decade later, no arrests have been made in the Gilgo Beach murders, a case that has gripped the nation. New to the job, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison is already promising victims’ families his commitment to the case. READ MORE: Gov. Hochul Outlines 'Winter Surge Plan 2.0' To Combat COVID“We will not rest until we bring those accountable to justice,” Harrison said. As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, Harrison is pledging to bring a new set of eyes to the investigation. The former NYPD chief got his own look at the site at the center of the unsolved mystery Friday. He also met with homicide investigators and former top brass in the decade-old cold case. “Just of what I’ve seen so far, there’s some great leads that are putting us in a great place to solve this case. We’re getting there, but still some work needs to be done to get across the finish line,” Harrison said. “Lot of great work was done. I like to bring a fresh set of eyes from...
    A face familiar to New Yorkers has been tapped by County Executive Steve Bellone to serve as Suffolk’s next police commissioner. The NYPD's outgoing Chief of Department Rodney Harrison has been chosen by Bellone to be the county's next top cop, pending the confirmation by a public safety board. A Jamaican native, the 52-year-old Harrison announced on Thanksgiving this year that he would be leaving the NYPD by the end of December after 30 years on the force. Harrison was the NYPD’s first African American chief of detectives, and he has held assignments in each of the city’s five boroughs. He was named the department’s third African American chief of department in February this year. “Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor, and friend, but exactly the kind of innovative leader our city and our department has needed in these challenging times," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement last month. "He has performed in every rank - from patrol officer to undercover officer displaying tremendous valor, to Chief of Department - with knowledge, skill, integrity, and...
    YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Rodney Harrison, the NYPD‘s chief of department, has been nominated to become Suffolk County police commissioner. Harrison is retiring from the NYPD at the end of the year after 30 years on the job. READ MORE: NYPD Chief Of Department Rodney Harrison Retiring At End Of YearSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will make the announcement Tuesday morning. If confirmed by the county legislature, Harrison would be the first person of color to hold the job. READ MORE: NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison Discusses Police Reform, Protests, Hate Crimes, Gun Violence And More With CBS2’s Maurice DuBoisThe 52-year-old made history in 2019 as the first African-American to become chief of detectives. Earlier this year, he was promoted again to chief of department. Harrison’s departure from the NYPD coincides with the end of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. “Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor, and friend, but exactly the kind of innovative leader our city and our department has needed in these challenging times,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement. “He has performed in every rank — from patrol officer, to...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- County Executive Steve Bellone is set to announce his pick to be Suffolk's next police commissioner Tuesday, and it's a familiar face for the New York area.Rodney Harrison, the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed officer and the first person to ever rise from cadet to chief of the nation's largest police department, will be tapped for the job, multiple sources confirm.The 52-year-old Harrison, a 30-year-veteran of the NYPD whose career began in June of 1991, seems to have his next job lined up after announcing his retirement from the department last month.ALSO READ | Some counties refuse to enforce new NY mask mandateEMBED More News Videos N.J. Burkett reports on the mask mandate from the East Side. Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in Rochdale Village in Jamaica, Queens, where, at the urging of his father, he came to view a career in law enforcement as an opportunity to create positive change for residents across New York City.During his 30-year career, Harrison served as the department's first African American chief of detectives, was...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It appears Rodney Harrison‘s retirement won’t last very long. According to officials, Harrison, the NYPD‘s highest-ranking uniformed officer, will be nominated by County Executive Steve Bellone to be the next commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department during a news conference on Tuesday. Harrison, 52, announced his retirement from the NYPD in late November, effective Dec. 30. READ MORE:NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison Discusses Police Reform, Protests, Hate Crimes, Gun Violence And More With CBS2’s Maurice DuBois Harrison, who has served with the NYPD for 30 years, made history in 2019 as the first African-American to become chief of detectives. Earlier this year, he was promoted again to chief of department. READ MORE:NYPD Says It’s Listening To The Public, Trying To Bring More People Of Color Into Rank And File “Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor, and friend, but exactly the kind of innovative leader our city and our department has needed in these challenging times,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement. “He has performed in every rank — from patrol officer, to...
    Suffolk County's top cop has announced she is stepping down to take a new job. Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announced Wednesday, April 14, that she is stepping down after three years on the job to become the director of public safety at Hofstra University. Hart, the first-ever woman to lead the Suffolk Police Department, took over just three years ago when the 2,500-member force was in a state of turmoil following a series of corruption scandals. She also faced a rise in MS-13 street violence and murders and the effects of the opioid epidemic. Hart, who worked for the FBI for 21 years and was head of the Long Island Gang Task Force, will officially leave the $175,288-salary job on Friday, May 7. The surprise announcement of her resignation comes just weeks after police across the state were required to submit reform plans.  Suffolk's 1,000-page plan includes equipping officers with body cameras, among other improvements, which has been approved by the county last month and has been submitted to the state for final approval. Hart, who succeeded Timothy Sini...
    SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) -- Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, the first woman to lead the department, will resign to become Hofstra University's new director of public safety.Hart stepped into the role in 2018 after Tim Sini left the job to become the Suffolk County District Attorney.Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz released the following statement Wednesday:"Commissioner Hart is an accomplished, collaborative leader who has shown a commitment to building trust, respect and communication with the community she serves, particularly communities of color. Her willingness to embrace innovation and her deep experience running large law enforcement organizations will serve and protect our campus community well."Before she made history as the first female commissioner, Hart was the head of the Long Island FBI Office. She served as the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent on Long Island for four years.In that role she directly supervised the Long Island Gang Task Force, as well as spearheaded the first multi-agency MS-13 Intelligence Center.She began her career as an FBI Special Agent focused on transnational organized crime.Police officials said that Chief Stuart Cameron will serve...
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