NYC police chief resigning to take private sector job

NEW YORK — The police commissioner who led New York City away from controversial “broken windows” policies, oversaw continued drops in crime and leveraged his position to confront some of the darkest moments in the department’s complicated history announced Monday that he is retiring.

James O’Neill, 61, said he will leave next month for a job in the private sector. The career policeman has been in charge of the nation’s largest police department for more than three years, bringing a community-oriented philosophy that moved patrol officers out of their cars and onto the streets to interact more closely with residents.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, a 28-year department member who started as a patrolman in the south Bronx, will be the new commissioner. Shea rose to prominence as the department’s statistical guru, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “one of the best-prepared incoming police commissioners this city has ever seen.”

Pirates seize 4 aboard Greek-flagged ship off Togo

COTONOU, Benin — Pirates seized four crew members from a Greek-flagged ship off the coast of Togo on Monday while authorities in neighboring Benin searched for nine people who were kidnapped from a Norwegian-flagged ship.

The incidents mark an escalation of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, which already is considered a high-risk area by the International Maritime Bureau.

The Greek Merchant Marine Ministry said four of the 24-member crew of the Elka Aristotle were kidnapped — one Greek, two from the Philippines and one from Georgia. The incident was confirmed by the ship’s parent company, European Product Carriers Ltd.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

The company said the remaining crew and the vessel were safe, adding it could not comment in detail but said “we are doing everything we can to ensure their prompt and safe release.”

Monday’s attack came two days after nine crew members were abducted from a Norwegian-flagged ship that was anchored off the coast of neighboring Benin.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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