Deputy Chief Kim Royster makes history by becoming the highest ranking Black Woman in uniform in the NYPD.
Royster began her career in 1985 as an administrative aids, and is now the current commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Office. She’s credited for spearheading the NYPD gun buyback program, which is responsible for taking more than 8,000 weapons off the streets.
Royster’s promotion, which includes a transfer to the NYPD personnel division in which she’ll oversee the police-academy recruitment process, comes on the promise Commissioner Bill Bratton made to diversify the force. However, according to the Daily News Royster wasn’t given the position because of her race, but because of her experience in the force. “She was in Internal Affairs, she was a precinct executive, she worked in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning, she has a macro view of the department.”