(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - In recognition of February as Black History Month, the Nassau County Legislature honored Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison on Monday, Feb. 28.
Black police commissioner in the Suffolk County PD’s 63-year history. Prior to being unanimously approved by the Suffolk County Legislature, Commissioner Harrison was a similarly historic figure in the NYPD. In late 2019, he became the first Black person to serve as Chief of Detectives, and is also the only person in the history of the NYPD to rise from the rank of cadet to Chief of Department.
Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D - Freeport) - who represents the Fifth Legislative District in which Commissioner Harrison resides - led the presentation on behalf of the Minority Caucus.
“Since taking the helm of the Suffolk County Police Department, Commissioner Harrison has demonstrated the levels of focus and determination that have equipped him well to become a trailblazing figure,” Legislator Mulé said. “As we commemorate Black History Month in Nassau County, it was truly a privilege to celebrate Commissioner Harrison as an inspiring figure in our community and pay tribute to his unwavering commitment to public service.”
PHOTO CAPTION - From left: Legislator Carrie Solages, Legislator Debra Mule, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Legislator Arnold W. Drucker, Legislator Siela A. Bynoe, Nassau PD Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building on Monday, Feb. 28.
PHOTO CREDIT - Office of Legislator Debra Mulé