New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the
appointment of Dr. James O’Keefe as his new Deputy Commissioner of
Training for the NYPD at a Promotion Ceremony yesterday at 1 Police
Plaza. Dr. O’Keefe, Associate Dean and Professor of Criminal
Justice & Legal Studies in St. John’s University’s College of
Professional Studies (CPS), will take a leave of absence from his
duties to begin his new position but will retain his tenure status
at the university.
“It’s a tremendous honor (to be appointed by Commissioner Kelly)
and I really had to take a day to think about it,” admitted Dr.
O’Keefe. “I thought about leaving my students at St. John’s and how
difficult that would be, but when I realized I could keep my
tenured position at the university and take on this incredible
opportunity – the decision was an easy one.”
Dr. O’Keefe replaces Deputy Commissioner Wilbur Chapman who
retired last month.
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