Judith R. Harrison joined the New York City Police Department on April 15, 1997, and has worked in a myriad of operational, administrative and investigative assignments while ascending the supervisory ranks, culminating with her promotion to Assistant Chief on June 30, 2020.
Assistant Chief Harrison currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Counterterrorism Division, where she has developed innovative, forward-leaning policies and procedures to protect citizens, iconic locations and critical infrastructure against the threat of international and domestic terrorism in New York City. In this very critical role, she designs, implements and oversees specialized security plans for all major events and mass gatherings. She provides training to members of the New York City Police Department, members of partner law enforcement agencies and private sector security personnel to improve safety and effectiveness in responding to terrorist incidents. She also manages and disperses millions of dollars in federal and state grant funds.
Prior to her current assignment, Assistant Chief Harrison was the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. While in this assignment she oversaw ten precincts in some of the most diverse neighborhoods and ensured that crimes and quality of life conditions were addressed in a fair and compassionate manner. As an NYPD executive, she has also served as Commanding Officer of the Special Victims Division, Commanding Officer of the 109 Precinct, Commanding Officer of the 112 Precinct, Executive Officer of the Detective Bureau and Executive Officer of the 115 Precinct.
She is the fourth African American woman in NYPD History to achieve the rank of Assistant Chief. She is the first African American to lead the Counterterrorism Division. And she was the first woman assigned as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
She has a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
Assistant Chief Harrison is a lifetime member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), where she currently serves on the National Executive Board as Recording Secretary. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.