Meet Judith Harrison, The First Black Woman To Lead NYPD’s Special Victims Unit
Enter Deputy Chief Harrison, who, after growing up in Queens with a mom who worked in admin for the NYPD, worked her way up from patrol to Commanding Officer before her promotion to Deputy Chief last July. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with her master’s degree last year. As the first Black leader of the division, she’s already made history. But she has also been
criticized by some in the press because, despite her depth of experience, she has not headed up an investigative unit. When I met her in her office on Avenue C in Manhattan this week, though, she seemed wholly focused on her mission to ensure that every survivor is supported as they seek justice — whatever that looks like for them.