Eric Adams says he’s spoken to three women about leading NYPD if elected mayor

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Democratic primary frontrunner Eric Adams is in discussions with three women to be his police commissioner if he wins the mayoral election, and sources say the NYPD’s first female chief of patrol Juanita Holmes is at the top of his list.

“She can navigate the politics, but she also knows what it means to be a cop trying to police in this environment,” a law enforcement source told The Post, referring to activists and elected leaders who want to defund the NYPD amidst surging crime.

During a PIX11 interview Thursday night Adams discussed his promise to make history by naming the first woman to lead the NYPD in its 175-year history.

“I have three people I have communicated with,” he said.

“What I’m looking for is a person that has a story to tell. I don’t want a person that does not understand what it means to have the power to take liberty from individuals and that’s what has happened far too often,” Adams said.

“When I sat down and communicated with these potential commissioners I wanted their stories I wanted their narratives — who are you as a person,” Adams, a retired NYPD captain, explained.

“We’re so busy looking for people who are academically smart, I’m looking for people who are emotionally intelligent and that’s what I’m going to be looking for as commissioner,” he said.

Though Adams refused to name names, he could have been describing Holmes who has 16 immediate family members employed by the NYPD and became the department’s first black borough commander in 2016. She is the highest-ranking African-American woman on the force.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio promoted her to chief of patrol last year, Holmes said that she hopes to restore “trust and faith in our community and our police department.”

Adams wouldn’t say whether the other potential commissioners were people of color or worked for the NYPD and he refused to identify them because of their current status.

“They’re employed right now and it’s unfair as a person that’s employed, you’re potentially losing their jobs that’s not fair,” he said.

Additional reporting by Larry Celona and Tina Moore

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