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Two female police officers make history

MAKING HISTORY: Deputy Inspector Juanita Holmes, left, and Captain Vanessa Kight

TWO AMERICAN police officers have made history by becoming the first black women to head a city precinct.

Deputy Inspector Juanita Holmes, was joined at Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvestant, New York, by the newly titled Captain Vanessa Kight last week (July 29) making the station the first in the State be run by two black women.

Holmes, one of just three African American female Deputy Inspectors in the force, was made commander of the 81st Precinct stationhouse a year ago, but said she was happy to be joined by fellow officer, Kight.

“When I got the call, I was really quite surprised to learn I was making history. I was just looking for someone to do the job,” she said of Kight’s appointment.

“I’m very grateful to have her,” she added.

Kight, who has been in the NYPD for 30 years and is one of 12 African-American female captains on the force, was approached last week to be Holmes' executive officer.

“I'm glad to be here. I'm happy about it. It feels good,” Kight said of her momentous assignment.

Women comprise 17.2percent of uniformed officers in the New York Police Department (NTPD). African-Americans make up 16.5 percent of the uniformed force, with 5.6 percent being women.

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