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Meet the first black woman commander of an NYPD elite highway unit

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Meet the first black woman commander of an NYPD elite highway unit


The NYPD’s new leader of the pack may not be a biker, but the 17-year police veteran is blazing trails.

Deputy Inspector LaShonda Dyce is the new commanding officer of one of the department’s four highway units – the first African-American woman to hold the post in the agency’s 175 year history.

“Somebody has to do the job,” Dyce said. “If a man can do it why can’t an African-American woman do it, the same job, if not even better?”

Dyce, 38, was admittedly a little apprehensive when she was offered the gig.

“I knew that this was a male-dominated unit, to say the very least,” Dyce explained. “But I thought…

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