Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill’s Service to New York City

November 4, 2019

“Jimmy O’Neill has distinguished himself as an extraordinary public servant to the people of New York throughout his decorated career. New York City is a safer and more just place thanks to his leadership as Police Commissioner. His neighborhood policing approach, which my office strongly supports, has helped drive record-low crime even lower across our city. At the same time, his record is proof that lower crime can go hand-in-hand with fewer arrests.

“Over the past three years, Jimmy has partnered closely with my office to accomplish our shared goals of making Manhattan safer and our criminal justice system more effective and fair. I was proud to work with him to prevent firearms from infiltrating our city’s streets by taking down gun traffickers and fighting off the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, to launch the NYC Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) project, and on landmark terrorism cases, including New York’s first-ever domestic terrorism conviction against James Jackson.  

“I have enjoyed working with Jimmy and always appreciated his honesty and directness. Like Jimmy, Dermot Shea is a ‘cop’s cop,’ a straightforward communicator, and great listener. His acumen for identifying and interrupting developing public safety trends is unmatched. With Dermot at the helm, the NYPD is poised to build upon the historic public safety gains achieved under Commissioner O’Neill’s leadership. I wish Jimmy the very best as he embarks on the next chapter of his exceptional career, and look forward to Dermot’s partnership and leadership.”