NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea Visits Virtually with Staff and Faculty

We were honored earlier this month to host NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea for a virtual visit with members of the College community.

During the hour-long conversation, he shared his perspectives on a number of important themes, including community policing; building trust with city residents, visitors, and leaders; the importance of diversity within law enforcement; and his focus on ensuring that NYPD police officers feel supported, respected, and valued.

President Marc Jerome and Guylaine Harrison, Dean of the School of Criminal and Social Justice, hosted the event and welcomed the Commissioner to Monroe, albeit virtually. 

They shared with Commissioner Shea information about the rigors of our Criminal Justice programs, and the available programming and instructional resources to help students be academy- and career-ready after graduation. Our professional-grade Law Enforcement Training Simulator and PASS Program were highlighted. Information on the Miosotis P. Familia Scholarship, named in honor of Detective Familia and offered to students interested in a career in law enforcement, was also shared.

President Jerome extended an open invitation to Commissioner Shea to visit the campus and see the work that we are doing first-hand to educate future police officers and members of law enforcement. He was also invited as a guest speaker during the dual enrollment social justice class underway with more than 300 local high school juniors and seniors. 

Those who attended the event no doubt appreciated Commissioner Shea’s time and candor, and his willingness to speak frankly about the challenges of law enforcement today, especially for the men and women in uniform who are on the front lines of keeping the city safe.

Dermot Shea has served as the 44th Police Commissioner of the City of New York since December 2019. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio, he previously served as the Chief of Detectives, the Chief of Crime Control Strategies, and the Deputy Commissioner of Operations.

Our thanks to Commissioner Shea and those on his team within the NYPD for making this virtual conversation possible. We look forward to continuing this important dialogue.