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NYC police commissioner steps down, chief of detectives steps in

New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference Monday (November 4) that he would step down in a month to take a new job. 

O’Neill, who has worked in New York City law enforcement since 1983 and was appointed commissioner in 2016.

O’Neill’s next job is in the private sector, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. O’Neill declined to provide further details, saying only that it was “something I couldn’t pass up.”

De Blasio praised O’Neill for his efforts to fight crime and improve relations between New Yorkers and police.

“Jimmy can be proud of the fact that crime in New York City today is at the lowest level its been since the 1950s,” de Blasio said, later hugging the departing commissioner whom he called a friend. 

Current Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who has worked in New York City law enforcement since 1991, will replace O’Neill.

(Production: Angela Moore)

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