Deputy Commissioner for Equity and Inclusion: Wendy Garcia
Wendy Garcia is the Deputy Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion for the New York City Police Department. As the Deputy Commissioner, Wendy Garcia is responsible for creating, implementing and evaluating strategies throughout the New York City Police Department to ensure processes and procedures are inclusive, transparent, impartial, free of discrimination and harassment, and equitable for all members of the NYPD.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion promotes awareness, education and outreach efforts to improve the quality of life in the workplace and beyond by fostering cultural understanding of employees and the community.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion oversees the Equal Employment Opportunity Division which is responsible for the prevention and investigation of employment and harassment claims, reasonable accommodation requests and ensuring compliance with regulations related to accessibility of Police Department facilities by members of the disabled community.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as the Chief Diversity Officer at the Office of New York City Comptroller where she fostered contracting opportunities for women in minority owned business enterprises (MWBEs) and managed the Comptroller’s office’s internal supplier diversity related projects across all bureaus of the agency. In addition, Wendy Garcia also served as the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at the Office of New York City Comptroller, Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Deputy Director of the Manhattan Borough President’s Northern Manhattan Office, and Immigrant Research Analyst for the Rockefeller Foundation through Baruch College.
Ms. Garcia earned a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Management from New School University with a concentration in Economic Development, and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Delaware.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) promotes a fair, safe, inclusive and accommodating work environment for all members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
OEI is responsible for ensuring our employees are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, identifying and addressing obstacles to success, and promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.
OEI reaches beyond the mere presence of diversity, instead ensuring that employees' unique identities and experiences are valued, welcomed, and leveraged. Our commitment to an equitable and inclusive work environment where employees are engaged, valued and have opportunities will have a direct impact on how our employees interact with the diverse communities we serve.
The NYPD is the most diverse police department in the country and OEI partners with internal and external stakeholders to make sure we attract, recruit, develop, and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce. OEI utilizes an evidence-based approach to identify, evaluate and address processes and behaviors that affect our employees, the employee lifecycle, and workplace issues. OEI promotes awareness, education and outreach efforts that engender respect and fosters cultural understanding of our employees and our community. We are committed to educating our members on equal employment opportunity policies as well as federal, state, and local discrimination laws.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Equal Employment Opportunity Division (EEOD), a sub-unit of OEI, is responsible for the prevention and investigation of employment and harassment claims. Major changes in Department policy and training, facilitated by the EEOD, include the NYPD's policy on pregnancy and lactation, beards, religious head coverings, and transgender policies and ensure the Department is responsive and accommodating to the diverse needs of its members. The Reasonable Accommodations Unit processes request for accommodations from members of the service, based on both disability and religion. The EEO Liaison Network is integral to the process of implementing EEO policy and assisting in complaints and investigations.
OEI also oversees the NYPD's implementation of policies associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Disability Services Facilitator (DSF) acts as a liaison between the Department and members of the public. The DSF coordinates all NYPD efforts to comply with federal, state, and local laws concerning accessibility, ensuring that the NYPD as in institution remains ADA-compliant.