NYPD veteran becomes department's 1st Black female three-star chief

Juanita Holmes
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An NYPD veteran has become the department’s first Black female three-star chief. 

Juanita Holmes, who joined the NYPD in 1987, was promoted to Chief of Collaborative Policing at a ceremony on Friday, the department said in a release.

Her promotion “is historic and makes (her) the highest ranking African-American female officer in New York City Police Department history,” the release said, adding that "no other African-American woman has ever risen to the rank of three-star chief."