These Two Women Are Making History By Being the First to Run a Police Bureau

For the first time ever, two uniformed women will be running a bureau. 

Assistant Chief Kim Royster, head of the candidate assessment division and second in command, was said to have replaced a retiring male chief yesterday. 

Previously making history as the highest-ranking uniformed black women in the department, Royster was promoted to commanding officer from NYPD's public information office in August 2015.

The 54 year old will answer to commanding officer Chief Joanne Jaffe, the highest-ranking uniformed woman on the NYPD force. 

"I have a great respect for [Royster]," Chief Jaffe told the NY Daily News exclusively. "She's very competent and she brings a lot to the Police Department."

In the early 1970s, there were less than 700 women in uniformed ranks, the NYPD reports. Now, women compile 17.5 percent, or 6,360 of the 36,320 cops on the force. The ranks of those are as follows: 73 percent officers, 11 percent detectives, 12 percent sergeants, 3 percent lieutenants, 1 percent captains or higher.

Priding itself on being one of the most diverse forces in the country, 30 percent of the women are white, 29 percent are black, 38 percent are Hispanic, and 3 percent are Asian, the NY Daily News reports.

"We're working towards making our Police Department more diverse, even though we're probably the most diverse Police Department in the country," Royster told the NY Daily News. "But you can always do better because you want to make sure your Police Department is representative of the communities you serve."

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