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Anne Fitzsimmons Named First Female Police Chief In White Plains History

Newly-appointed White Plains Police Chief Anne Fitzsimmons became the city's first female chief on Monday. She has served as a police officer since 1980, most recently serving as assistant police chief. She is the city's first female police chief.
Newly-appointed White Plains Police Chief Anne Fitzsimmons became the city's first female chief on Monday. She has served as a police officer since 1980, most recently serving as assistant police chief. She is the city's first female police chief. Photo Credit: Contributed

This story has been updated.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Anne Fitzsimmons, a 36-year officer with the White Plains Department of Public Safety, was promoted as the city's police chief on Monday.

Fitzsimmons previously served as assistant chief.

She was named acting chief last month after former White Plains Police Chief James Bradley was named the city’s new Deputy Public Safety Commissioner, a position White Plains had not funded since 2010. Bradley, who served with the force for 42 years, was chief for 25 years before retiring on Jan. 7 to take the deputy commissioner post.

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach told Daily Voice: "Chief Fitzsimmons has served our community for the past 36 years and has proven to be a dedicated, creative and forward thinking law enforcement professional."

"Her early work on changing the way domestic violence cases are handled put White Plains at the forefront of necessary reforms which are now being replicated throughout the region," Roach said. "I am pleased to have Chief Fitzsimmons at the helm of our department and confident she will lead with the commitment, dedication and professionalism she has exhibited throughout her career."

In 1980, Fitzsimmons began her service in White Plains' Patrol Division as one of the first women assigned to regular patrol duties. Four years later, she was assigned to city police department's Youth Unit -- primarily handling investigations involving children, sex crimes and domestic violence.

On Tuesday, City Hall announced her promotion here on its Facebook page.

In 1987, Fitzsimmons was promoted to sergeant and was responsible for supervising criminal investigators. She remained in that position until 1997 when she was promoted to lieutenant and executive officer of criminal investigations.

In 2001, Fitzsimmons was the first female to achieve the rank of captain in the White Plains Police Department. As a police captain, she experienced several different commands: Administration, Training and Community Policing. Five years later, she was promoted to assistant chief and most recently was responsible for Administration, Training, Data Management and Community Policing.

As commanding officer of the Community Policing Division, Fitzsimmons supervised police officers who used innovative community policing strategies and technology to reduce crime.

A biography provided by City Hall said that Fitzsimmons is especially proud of developing the White Plains Police Department’s response to domestic violence. The development of successful strategies to reduce domestic violence by working in partnership with various service providers, in particular the Pace Women’s Justice Center, has increased the safety of citizens in their homes, according to her biography.

Fitzsimmons is a graduate of Pace University, attended various professional schools and received a master's degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

She is married to John Fitzsimmons, who also was a police officer, and has two children: John, a White Plains police officer and Mary Kate, who is an ensign in the U. S. Navy and Naval Aviation Student.

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