Retiring NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison cleared the first hurdle Thursday in becoming the first Black commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department after a key panel approved his nomination.
The Suffolk County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve Harrison’s confirmation as the department’s top cop, advancing his nomination to the next full meeting of the legislature on Tuesday. During his introductory hearing, lawmakers peppered Harrison with questions about how he’ll tackle police reforms, reverse an uptick in shootings, and restore public trust in the wake of recent corruption scandals, among other issues.
“I have always worked my tail off and if you give me the opportunity, I can guarantee you those same efforts here,” Harrison told the committee, emphasizing that his top four priorities are the reforms, transparency, accountability, and accessibility. In his 30-year NYPD career, he became the only member of the nation’s largest police department’s to rise from cadet to the top of the chain of command.
Harrison would replace Stuart Cameron, the acting commissioner who has been running the department since Geraldine Hart, a former FBI agent, stepped down in April. Cameron, who had been chief of the department, plans to retire on Jan. 3 after 37 years on the job. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone nominated Harrison, a married father of three from Baldwin who grew up in Queens, following a nationwide search.
Asked how he’ll reverse the trend of shootings reportedly being up 23% this year over 2020 as of September, Harrison said he will send additional police resources to the precincts in which most shootings occur, deploy anti-crime units, determine if there’s a motive that’s a common denominator such as gangs or drugs, and partner with federal agencies to keep illegal guns out of the county.
As for his role in enacting the county’s police reform plan that lawmakers passed earlier this year in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality, Harrison said he’s reviewed the reforms and especially supports officers wearing body cameras, which all public-facing officers in the department will be required to wear starting next year.
“I’m a big fan of body-worn cameras,” he said. “I know not every officer may be. But we have to implement them.”
How he’ll combat corruption in Suffolk was a question asked repeatedly during the hearing, which came days after former Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota and Christopher McPartland, Spota’s ex-chief deputy and public corruption bureau chief, began serving five years in federal prison for being convicted of covering up civil rights violations. They had sought to thwart the investigation into James Burke, the former Suffolk police chief, who also served federal prison time after being convicted of beating a handcuffed suspect arrested for stealing the then-chief’s bag of porn and sex toys, authorities have said.
The most vocal on the subject was Suffolk Legislator Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former Suffolk detective who was transferred out of the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force when Burke cut ties with federal agencies during the disgraced ex-chief’s reign.
“This place is a mess,” said Trotta, also citing widespread reports that the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, has been allegedly violating campaign finance laws without consequence for years. “My question to you is, what are you gonna do to clean it up?”
Harrison, noting that the internal affairs unit will report directly to him to avoid interference, replied: “I’m going to do what needs to be done to make this a clean department.”
Republican legislators said the GOP minority leader, who will have the majority in the New Year, expressed support for the Democratic county executive’s nominee for the commissioner’s post, indicating that Harrison will likely sail to confirmation next week.
Original Article: longislandpress.com
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Hana has been represented by modeling agencies across the world for years, including Storm Los Angeles. While her Instagram shows that she spends a lot of time in Italy and London, it appears the brunette beauty is based in California.
She and the Talentless founder were seen returning to popular seafood hotspot Nobu in Malibu for a third night out together in late January 2022, according to photos obtained by E! News. Their dinner date came just one week after they were spotted arriving at a nightclub in Los Angeles together in photos obtained by the Daily Mail.
For their third outing, Scott wore a pink sweatshirt and light blue pants outside of Nobu, the fashionable model wore a black leather jacket with matching knee-high boots and a mini red and black skirt.
It appears they enjoy the upscale dining location, as they were first seen together at Nobu in November 2021, just one month after Scott’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian announced her engagement to fiancé Travis Barker in October 2021. Scott and Kourtney share three kids — Mason, Penelope and Reign — and split in 2015 after nearly a decade together.
Hana is no stranger to public romances. She dated Brooklyn Beckham — the eldest son of retired soccer player David Beckham and former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham — for about a year before they split in 2019. Brooklyn is now engaged to Nicola Peltz.
While the exes haven’t spoken publicly about their uncoupling, Hana debuted a song in April 2020 that seemed to point at her former boyfriend.
“You broke my heart and said let’s be friends but I never heard from you again and that’s kind of mean,” she sang while strumming a guitar via Instagram. “I saw us as meant to be and you saw me as temporary and that’s kind of rough.”
For Scott’s part, this isn’t the first time he’s been spotted with a woman since his relationship with Amelia Gray Hamlin ended in September 2021 after 11 months of dating. The reality star was seen on a vacation to St. Barts with model Bella Banos in December 2021.
An insider told Life & Style the daughter of Real Houswives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna “dumped” Scott after Kourtney’s ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima leaked an alleged Instagram DM exchange that showed Scott shading the Poosh founder’s PDA-packed trip to Italy with the Blink-182 rocker.
It appears Scott is now ready for a serous relationship, though. He has been “trying to find a woman he can settle down with,” a second insider told Life & Style in December 2021. “His friends say he’s not happy playing the field anymore.”
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