NEW YORK — It took James O’Neill more than three decades as a cop to ascend to the top of the nation’s largest police department, but only a little more than day to get his first real test.
O’Neill first full day as New York City’s police commissioner ended with him racing to the scene of an explosion Saturday in the Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people. He immediately took charge, offering the nation its first, up-close look at his no-nonsense, just-the-facts management style.
And less than 40 hours later, a suspect was behind bars, believed responsible for blasts in both New York and in a New Jersey shore town.
O’Neill acknowledged Monday that he was happy with the arrest but that it was a tough way to start his new position.