Dr. Tracie L. Keesee, joined the NYPD in 2016 as the Deputy Commissioner of Training. During her tenure with the Training Bureau, Dr. Keesee directed the implementation of the paperless police academy, the expansion of in-service training capabilities through NYPD University, the restructuring of the recruit curriculum, the expansion of CIT and integrated tactics training, as well as the creation of the Credible Leadership Initiative for UMOS, just to name a few.
In her current role as the Deputy Commissioner of Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Keesee is responsible for overall organizational development and implementation of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD), Equity and Inclusion strategic framework. This includes aligning equity and inclusion efforts with NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing philosophy and vision, conceptualizing, creating, and implementing appropriate metrics to help identify successful organizational policies and processes. She also serves as an advisor to the Police Commissioner on the implementation of accountability systems that monitor training, recruitment, employee opportunities, and complaints in order to help increase the organization’s ability to attract and retain an inclusive and diverse workforce.
Before joining the NYPD, Dr. Keesee served as the Project Director of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. This Department of Justice program, was designed to improve relationships and increase trust between minority communities and the criminal justice system, as well as advance scholarly and public understandings of the issues affecting those relationships.
Additionally, Deputy Commissioner Keesee is the co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), which promotes police transparency and accountability by facilitating innovative research collaborations between law enforcement agencies and empirical social scientists. The CPE also seeks to improve issues of equity both within law enforcement agencies and between the communities they serve.
Deputy Commissioner Keesee is a retired 25-year veteran of the Denver Police Department and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Metropolitan State College-Denver, academic certifications in Public Policy and Public Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver. She is also a graduate of the 203rd Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Dr. Keesee has published numerous articles across a variety of collected anthologies and peer-reviewed scientific journals.