While protesters have made historic changes to policing, NYPD Chief Judith Harrison has also made history; she's one of only four Black women promoted to the level of chief in the history of the NYPD.
Chief Harrison is the first woman to serve as commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
“I know its going to be a lot of work," she said. "I want to get my hands dirty and make sure we keep people safe.”
Brooklyn North is one of the most violent sections of the city. Before Chief Harrison took over, Chief Jeffrey Maddrey spent years coming up with creative ways to build a relationship with the community.
“They’re big shoes to fill, but I’ve been watching BK north for years," Chief Harrison said. "I’m impressed with the community outreach efforts. I plan to replicate those and come up with efforts of my own."
As a woman, she will take a different approach.
“We are empathetic, we are compassionate and nurturing and I plan on bringing that here to Brooklyn North," Chief Harrison said.