John Jay professor Dr. Keith Taylor is a modern day Harlem renaissance man

dr Keith Taylor doesn’t make himself a police expert, even though media outlets like CNN and Newsweek like to portray him as such.

“Out of humility, I never called myself an expert, they started it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a really good nickname because it’s hard to be an expert on something.

“And let’s say someone is good at some aspect of computer engineering, would you consider them a computer expert? No, because there are so many different aspects of computing that it is certainly impossible for one person to be a master of them all.”

So the adjunct of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice prefers to be a man of many talents. For one, he’s an educator with rave reviews on Then there’s Taylor’s work protecting local landmarks with Community Board 10’s Harlem Preservation Program. He even dabbles in politics, lasting through the ninth round of the Democratic primary for the District 9 city council seat in 2021.

But it’s not hard to see why people insist on calling Taylor a police expert. Name a law enforcement job and he’s likely held it throughout his three decades of public service. Taylor started out as a nursing clerk in Harlem after graduating from Howard University. But he was curious about police work, and the raise didn’t hurt. Taylor hit the ground running and stopped a bank robbery within two weeks of graduating from NYPD Academy.

Since then he’s monitored schools, worked undercover for three years, been promoted to sergeant and transferred to internal affairs. On September 11, Taylor was part of the missing persons detective team, helping to reunite lost family members and bringing closure to loved ones of those killed. He also worked on SWAT tactical operations in the Emergency Services Unit and ended his career as an Assistant Commissioner in the Correctional Services.