The NYPD Gets Its First Kippah-Clad Deputy Chief

February 23, 2024 | Reuvain Borchardt
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Despite all the bad news about rising anti-Semitism, America remains a land of opportunity for Jews, including those who make no efforts to hide their identity. Take Richie Taylor of Brooklyn, who today will be sworn in as a deputy chief of the New York Police Department, making him the force’s highest-ranking kippah­-wearing officer. Reuvain Borchardt writes:

At forty-one, Taylor will be the youngest deputy chief currently in the Department. Richard (Yechiel) Taylor grew up in Manhattan Beach and Midwood, attending Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach and Touro College. Before becoming a police officer, Taylor was a member of [the Orthodox emergency medical service] Hatzalah, and responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

He became a police officer in 2005. . . . Taylor has served in over ten commands across the city, and was the recipient of the 61st Precinct Cop of the Month Award in September 2016 for making a firearm arrest solo. He currently serves as commanding officer of Community Affairs, and he will continue in the Community Affairs Bureau after his promotion.

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