Photo Credit: Benny Polatseck/Mayor's Office
NYPD Inspector Richie Taylor sits behing Mayor Eric Adams during the event.

The highest-ranking NYPD cop wearing a yarmulka, Inspector Richie Taylor, will be promoted by New York City Police Commissioner Edward Caban to Deputy Chief on Friday in an official ceremony.

Taylor has been the recipient of numerous awards, including honors from the Office of the Mayor and the NYPD. He is also an emergency medical technician (EMT) and has served as a member of the Hatzolah emergency medical response service.


A resident of the Midwood section of Brooklyn, Taylor is the commanding officer of the NYPD’s department of community affairs. He and his wife Miri are parents to five children.

Taylor graduated the police academy with honors in 2005 and was first deployed as a patrol officer in Brooklyn South. Five years later he was promoted to sergeant; four years after that he became a lieutenant. By 2016 Taylor was a captain, and four years after that he was promoted to deputy inspector. One year later, in 2021, he was Inspector Taylor.

In addition to Brooklyn, Taylor has also served in East Harlem, Manhattan South.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.