As Police Commissioner James O’Neill steps down from the helm at the NYPD, replacing him will be a native son of Sunnyside.
Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced that the next commissioner will be Dermot Shea, the department’s current Chief of Detectives, who will step into his new role on December 1.
Shea, the son of Irish immigrants, grew up in Sunnyside. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science and currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Serena, three children Jackie, Lauren and Richie, grandson Aidan and dog Miley.
He began his career as a police officer in 1991, and rose up the ranks to serve as a precinct commander of the 44th and 50th precincts in the Bronx.
In 2014, Shea was appointed Chief of Crime Control Strategies and Deputy Commissioner for Operations, where he oversaw the CompStat system. He focused the NYPD’s efforts on intelligence-driven prosecutions in close cooperation with the district attorneys.
In 2018, he was promoted to Chief of Detectives, where he oversaw all of the department’s investigation operations, including all criminal investigations.
In addition to building on the success of neighborhood policing, Shea intends to target gang-related violence and taking guns off our streets.