Keechant Sewell Biography – Keechant Sewell Wiki
Keechant Sewell is the chief of detectives of the Nassau County Police Department. In 23 years with the Nassau Police Department, Sewell worked in the narcotics and major cases units, and as a hostage negotiator. She was promoted to chief of detectives in September 2020, becoming the first Black woman in that role. Prior to her role as chief of detectives of the Nassau County Police Department, she was chief of the Professional Standards Bureau, which includes Internal Affairs.
On December 15, 2021, Keechant Sewell was officially named NYPD commissioner by Mayor-elect Eric Adams. She will become the 45th New York City police commissioner from January 1, 2022 when Adams takes office. She will replace Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, who was the third white male to run the department under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.
She will become the first female commissioner of the New York Police Department in the history of New York City. She will be the third black police commissioner after Benjamin Ward, who served from 1984 to 1989 under Mayor Ed Koch, and Lee Brown, Mayor David Dinkins’ first police chief, who served from 1990 to 1992.
Sewell, a native of Queens, started her career in October 1997, beginning as a patrol officer in the Fifth Precinct. She was promoted to detective, sergeant and later became a precinct commander and headed the Major Case Bureau, among other roles.
Keechant Sewell Age
She was born in 1972 in Long Island City, Queens.
Keechant Sewell Husband
Keechant Sewell is unmarried.
Keechant Sewell Children
Keechant Sewell has no children.
Keechant Sewell Family
Her father was a US Marine. Retired NYPD Detective John Wesley Pierce was a mentor to Keechant Sewell while growing up in Jamaica, Queens. Pierce became a surrogate grandfather she affectionately called “Pop Pop.” Sewell met Pierce as a youth when her father dated his daughter, the 49-year-old Queens native told The Post. Along with her dad, Pierce taught her about “service and honor,” Sewell said.
“He always took the time to talk to me about what it meant to be a person of honor and a person who cared about the communities and those around them,” Sewell said of Pierce, who retired in 1968 and passed away in 2017.
Sewell lived her earliest years in public housing in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. She later lived in Corona and Jamaica, Queens. She currently lives in Valley Stream, LI, where she said enjoys cooking and entertaining her large family and friends.
Keechant Sewell Education
Sewell trained with the FBI to be the county’s chief hostage negotiator and also received counterterrorism training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.