Deputy Inspector Micheal King has been appointed to the head of the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s Special Victims Unit.
He was born and raised in Jamaica and is graduate of Mount Alvernia Prep and Cornwall College. While growing up on the island, he was given the nickname “Doogie Howser”.
King migrated to New York shortly graduating from the St James prestigious boys’ school in 1991 at 16 years old.
He enrolled at Medgar Evers College, where he began studying business administration and biology. He later switched to the emergency medical technician programme.
King received a scholarship that took him to Borough of Manhattan College in 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, he trained others to become paramedics.
He joined the NYPD in September of 2000 and became a Registered Nurse in 2005, going to nursing school and working in city hospitals in his off-hours for four years as he became a Sexual Assault Forensics Examiner.
King, who has been with the police department for 20 years, is now taking over the sex crimes unit which has received mixed reviews from victim’s advocates and watchdogs in recent years.
King was recommended to his new position by Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who said that if the NYPD did not have someone like him, it would have to invent him.
News of his appointment is well welcomed throughout the diaspora. CNW Network reached out to comments from Dr. Karren Dunkley, who is Jamaica Diaspora Northeast Rep USA.
“We are really proud of his appointment and we know that he will do an excellent job in such a critical role especially at this time for the most vulnerable amongst us” said Dr. Dunkley.