NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster is making history with her forthcoming promotion.
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Office and mother of two will be promoted to chief by the end of the month, making her the highest-ranking black woman in uniform in NYPD history.
Royster has nearly 30 years of experience under her belt, starting her career with the NYPD in 1985 as a police administrative aide. Since her start, the now veteran has been credited for being at the forefront of the NYPD gun buypack program, which is responsible for taking more than 8,000 weapons off the streets.
Her promotion will include a transfer to the NYPD Personnel Division, where she will be responsible for handling the recruitment process for police officers. While Royster declined commenting on her recent promotion, she did say that she was looking forward to her new position. The new assignment follows Commissioner Bill Bratton’s promise to diversify the force. However, a police source told the Daily News that Royster wasn’t given the job because of her race but instead her “macro view of the department.”