New York, NY – Deputy Inspector Michael W. King will be the new leader of the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit.
King is succeeding Judith Harrison, who was recently appointed Brooklyn North Borough Commander. Harrison was selected as the former deputy chief in November 2018, shortly after former SVU head Michael Osgood was ousted for dropping the ball on investigating sexual assault claims from victims of film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein was arrested in May 2018. In February, he was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual assault in the first degree. In March, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Despite Harrison’s historic appointment to SVU two years ago – she was the first black officer and third woman to lead the division – there were concerns that her lack of experience as an investigator during her 21-years of service would not be enough to turn the unit around in the #MeToo era, as reported by the New York Times.
In the northern part of Brooklyn, Harrison will now be overseeing the safety and operations of 10 precincts, according to the NYPD.
King stepping into the role may help to ease those concerns for the public.
Shea’s recent announcement emphasized King’s background as a 19-year veteran police commander with medical expertise as a forensic nurse.
“I am thrilled to welcome Deputy Inspector King to the Detective Bureau’s leadership team,” said Chief of Detectives Rodney K. Harrison. “This appointment represents a critical continuation of Assistant Chief Judith Harrison’s work in overseeing several integral reforms to improve the Special Victims Unit. Our Special Victims Unit is victim-centered, with a relentless focus on bringing justice to brave survivors.”
King, a native of Jamaica, came to New York in 1991 and later joined the NYPD on Sept. 29, 2000, beginning a career in patrol in the 113 Precinct. He later served in the 20th, 32nd, 61st, 62nd and 90th precincts
King was the Detective Squad Commander at the 62nd Precinct. At Queens South, he was a part of the Strategic Response Group 4. He has also served at the Staff Services Section, the Medical Division, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Crime Scene Unit and the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In 2005, King earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the American Sentinel University and became a registered nurse. He earned a certificate as a forensic nurse examiner in 2009, and has worked as a sexual assault forensic examiner.
King spent two years off-duty as the coordinator of the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s sexual assault response team, where he assessed victims of sexual assault and collected DNA and other forensic evidence that was used by the state to prepare sexual offense evidence kits, according to the NYPD.
“Throughout his NYPD career, Deputy Inspector King has been a relentless investigator whose integrity is reflected in his passion for representing all New Yorkers, in every neighborhood, on every case. I look forward to seeing him at work in this important new assignment,” said Chief Harrison.
Indeed, King hopes to make a difference in his role.
“Reaching this position in the NYPD has been a dream job for me since I became a forensic nurse in 2009,” said King. “I thought that if I could one day be the commanding officer of the Special Victims Unit it would give me the platform I needed in my fight for victims’ rights and in the pursuit of justice and integrity of special victims’ investigations.”