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NYC gun violence, cops' sagging morale, frayed community relations -- NYPD's next commissioner will have her hands full

Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — A new mayor means a new boss at the NYPD next year — and she’ll have her hands full dealing with the city’s surging gun violence, cops’ sagging morale and the department’s frayed community relations.

Yes, the commissioner will likely be a “she.”

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams — who is widely expected to defeat GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City — has promised to put a woman in the job.

But who it will be is anyone’s guess. “He is casting a wide net,” said a source close to the candidate.

Adams might shake up the department with an outsider.

Carmen Best, the former Seattle police chief; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is now practicing law at the white-shoe firm Paul Weiss, are believed to be the non-NYPD candidates under consideration.


If Lynch gets the nod it could be seen as a step down — from America’s top law enforcement official to the head of the nation’s largest police force.

But an NYPD source said with Lynch now in private practice a move to the top floor of One Police Plaza would be a jump back into the limelight.

“She’s certainly qualified,” the source said. “She has the resume.”

Several internal candidates are also believed to be in the mix.


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