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CONTINUING UP THE RANKS: NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison, left, was named the department’s new Chief of Detectives, and Assistant Chief Fausto Pichardo was selected to replace him as Chief of Patrol as the department’s command structure continued to shift following Dermot Shea’s elevation to Commissioner on Dec. 1. 

Rodney Harrison, who facilitated the citywide launch of the neighborhood policing initiative as the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol and in borough commands in Brooklyn and elsewhere, Dec. 4 was named the department’s new Chief of Detectives.

His promotion followed the elevation of his predecessor in the post, Dermot Shea, to Commissioner three days earlier.

‘Tremendous Leadership’

Fausto Pichardo, most recently an Assistant Chief and Executive Officer of the Patrol Services Bureau working under Chief Harrison, will replace him as Chief of Patrol.

“Rodney and Fausto bring tremendous leadership experience to their new positions, having served in critical executive roles, and leveraging neighborhood policing and precision policing to bring crime down to levels not seen since the 1950s,” Commissioner Shea said in a statement announcing the moves.

In his new role, Chief Harrison, who joined the NYPD in 1991 as a Cadet, will oversee investigations by the department’s Gang, Homicide, Precinct and Overdose Squads, as well as Detectives in the Special Victims Division, who investigate sex crimes, and those with the department’s Narcotics Division.

“Through neighborhood policing, we have transformed how the NYPD works with community members, grounded in building strong relationships of mutual respect, toward our shared mission of safety,” he said in a statement, adding the post was something he had “always strived for.”

Wide Experience

Chief Pichardo was also instrumental in the rollout of the department’s neighborhood-policing initiative and directed officer deployments to high-crime neighborhoods while Assistant Chief.

“Since I came on the job in 1999, I wake up each day working to make the streets of New York City safer for police officers and the people we take the sacred oath and are sworn to serve,” he said.

He began his career with the Midtown North Precinct and worked in various commands there and with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Chief Pichardo worked under Chief Harrison when the latter was Commanding Officer at the 28th Precinct in Harlem before heading the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights and the 43rd in the southeast Bronx.

Chief Harrison started his department career patrolling the 114th Precinct in Astoria, Queens and then worked with the Narcotics Division before his promotion to Detective in 1995. Among other assignments, he worked in commands in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and Patrol Borough Bronx.

He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2014 while Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau and then to Assistant Chief in 2016. He was named Chief of Patrol in January 2018.


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