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NYPD's top-ranking uniformed officer to retire next month

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, Rodney Harrison, is retiring after become the first person ever to rise from cadet to chief of the nation’s largest police department. the department announced Thursday. The department announced Thursday that Harrison will step down Dec. 30 after a 30-year career. He served as the department’s first African American chief of detectives, was shot while working undercover investigating drug crimes in the 1990s and held assignments in each of the city’s five boroughs. He was instrumental in implementing the department’s neighborhood policing strategy, which pushes officers out of their patrol cars and onto the streets so they can build bonds with residents. 

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