Baltimore’s Sheree Brescoe Becomes First African-American Female Deputy Commissioner

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Wednesday the promotion of Col. Sheree Briscoe, who will be the first African American woman to be deputy commissioner and the first to oversee the department’s day-to-day operations, reports the Baltimore Sun. Briscoe, a 26-year veteran of the department who currently serves as the chief of the criminal investigation division, will take oversight of thousands of officers as head of the department’s Operations Bureau. She started her career in the Western District and later became the major overseeing that district. Harrison said Briscoe asked to be reassigned to the Western District after the 2015 unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Briscoe is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a professional development residency program. Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott called Briscoe’s role “critically important as we continue to fight violent crime in Baltimore. I am confident that Col. Briscoe will thrive in this role.”

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