Yesha Callahan

Commanding Officer Kim Royster To Become Highest Ranking Black Woman In NYPD History

Deputy Inspector Kim Royster has been nominated for the Freedom Medal Award for getting guns off the street.

Deputy Inspector Kim Royster has been nominated for the Freedom Medal Award for getting guns off the street.

There’s a new boss in charge over at the NYPD and she’s making history with her seat at the top of the totem pole.

Kim Royster is currently the Commanding Officer in the NYPD’s Public Information Office and is set to be promoted to Deputy Chief at the end of this month, which will make her the highest ranking African-American woman in the history of the NYPD. As her history with the department goes, Kim is a 30-year NYPD veteran who first got her start in 1985 as a police administrative aid and has since worked her way to her current position as commanding officer. Among Kim’s most notable accomplishments is her reputation for being the “driving force” behind NYC’s gun buy-back program, which has been credited with the removal of over 8,000 weapons off of the streets, according to the New York Daily News.

The million dollar question, of course, is how much of an impact Kim will be able to have on making necessary changes within the NYPD in the wake of the current tension between police and the Black community, and the answer is that she’ll reportedly be in a position to make things happen at her discretion. A “high-ranking source” tells the NYDN that as the Deputy Chief, one of Kim’s primary responsibilities will be to over see the recruitment process for the police academy and remain involved with the process through its’ completion.

Congratulations to Kim Royster on her promotion. We look forward to seeing ways in which she is able to bring about a change for the better within the NYPD.

  1. August 3, 2015 - Reply

    Congratulations to Kim Royster! She is an inspiration and I wish her luck with this job. As someone with a criminal justice background I love to see more black men and women at the top levels of administration and jobs within the field.

  2. August 3, 2015 - Reply

    We are known of being a strong people. Commanding Officer Kim Royster has worked hard and she is dedicated in her occupation. We have to get solutions done in our communities, so they can flourish positively and that the general welfare is truly promoted for all. At the end of the day, we want justice for all. I wish the best for Sister Kim Royster.

  3. August 3, 2015 - Reply

    congratulations goes to ms. kim royster. hopefully, her face will be recognizable to her colleagues, coworkers, peers and subordinates when she is out and about without her uniform on.

    • August 3, 2015 - Reply


      Wouldn’t that be something?

      • August 3, 2015 - Reply


        it is very possible in today’s reality.

  4. August 3, 2015 - Reply

    1. If she wants MORE guns off the streets she needs to offer more money. Ppl buy illegal guns for more then what the dept offers to buy em back for. 2. Unless she aids in changing policies within her department regarding the unarmed killing of civilians by members of nypd and the CONSTANT beatings from her fellow officers IDGAF about her ranking w/in the department.
    3. If Ms. Royster does not uphold the standards of the department, which are rooted in RACISM they WILL get rid of her. Black faces in high places mean NOTHING!!!

    • August 3, 2015 - Reply


      Excellent points.

  5. August 4, 2015 - Reply

    Taking guns away does nothing for a society. If someone wants to harm some people they will find ways to do it.

  6. August 4, 2015 - Reply

    Congrats to Officer Royster on her upcoming, historical promo. I remain skeptical on how much impact she will be able to achieve, based on the tainted history of the NYPD.
    The gun buy-back program that she is praised for is full of holes, no pun intended.
    First of all, criminals don’t turn in their guns, they ditch them. Instead,they turn in guns stolen from registered gun owners. Another problem is the price, 100 dollars for a buy back! Criminals pay more than that for burners (pistols with the serial number burned off)
    In my opinion, pressure needs to be put on the gun runners and straw buyers that smuggle firearms from the South. More illegal guns flow into BK than any other borough. In fact, its just as easy to buy a gun in BK than it is to buy a soda at the corner store!

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