Former New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell has accepted a new role with the New York Mets. Sewell, 51, will join the team as senior vice president of security and guest experience on Nov. 27. In the new position, the former top cop will oversee the safety and experience of guests at the Queens stadium, reports the New York Daily News. Sewell, the first woman to head the nation’s largest police force, resigned in June after a year and a half on the job.
In 2022, her first year as commissioner, murders dropped 11% and shootings declined 17% even as the overall crime rate spiked 22% compared with 2021. The Mets said Sewell will “modernize” Citi Field’s approach to safety “while also strengthening our relationships with the community and all agencies of law enforcement and emergency services.” A Mets executive said Sewell's "expertise in public service, law and safety, as well as collaboration with the public, will allow us to take our Security and Guest Experience to the next level." The position will be Sewell’s first private sector role and her “dream job.” As commissioner, Sewell battled a persistent belief that Mayor Eric Adams and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Philip Banks, a former chief of department, called most of the shots. Former First Deputy Commissioner Edward Caban took over Sewell's role in July.