New York City Mayor Eric Adams has followed his choice of the Departements first Black Woman with a pick of the Departments first Hispanic male to lead the organzation with 55,000 cops and civilan employees…..
Mayor Eric Adams announced the appointment of Commissioner Caban, who had been serving as acting commissioner, in a morning news conference in front of the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx, where Commissioner Caban began his career as a police officer in 1991.
The move came just over a month after Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the first woman to serve in the role, resigned after only 18 months, frustrated in her attempts to act with autonomy, according to people with knowledge of her experiences in the role.
Commissioner Caban, who had previously served as first deputy commissioner, had remained close to the mayor through Ms. Sewell’s tenure. He will oversee roughly 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian employees.
“This is an amazing moment not only for the Spanish-speaking community — this is an amazing moment for the entire city and country,” Mr. Adams said to a crowd of police officers and city leaders who chanted “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie.”
Commissioner Caban, whose rise from the precinct to headquarters was punctuated by run-ins with departmental oversight agencies, is taking over the nation’s largest police department at a critical juncture.
Morale has improved following successful contract negotiations with the city, but union leaders say that the department is still losing officers to early retirement or other agencies, with officers feeling overworked or disheartened in the wake of protests decrying police brutality.
Shootings in New York City dropped by about 25 percent through the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, but suburbanites and many New Yorkers say they remain anxious they will be victims of crime on the street or subways….
Mayor Eric Adams is a retired NYPD Captain that has his own dustups with the system…..