NYPD’s Royster’s Promotion Makes Her Highest-ranking Black Woman In Department’s History


Kim Royster

New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has praised the impending promotion of New York Police Department Officer Kim Royster to Chief of the NYPD Personnel Division by the end of August, from her current post as Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Office.

“I would like to congratulate the NYPD’s Kim Royster for her appointment to Chief of the Personnel Division,” Williams said. “In her new position, she will be overseeing recruitment for the department, and making crucial decisions about the NYPD’s hiring methods and practices. Officer Royster brings a wealth of knowledge to this role. She is a 30-year veteran of the NYPD, and orchestrated the department’s successful gun buyback program, which is responsible for taking more than 8,000 weapons off the streets.

“This appointment makes Officer Royster the highest-ranking Black woman in the NYPD’s history, which is a milestone for the department and should make all New Yorkers proud. It also comes as our city has struggled to recruit a diverse police force. On behalf of the 45th District, I’d like to congratulate Officer Royster on her immense achievement.”

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, represents the 45th Council District, which covers Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and parts of Midwood and Canarsie.

He is the chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings, and co-chair of the Task Force to Combat Gun Violence. He is a co-founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

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