New chaplain appointed to Nassau County Police Department

Revered Derek Garcia is a Great Neck native and has accepted an appointment to be a department chaplain.

Revered Derek Garcia is a Great Neck native and has accepted an appointment to be a department chaplain, according to Newsday.

Revered Derek Garcia is a Great Neck native and has accepted an appointment to be a department chaplain, according to Newsday. (8/9/16)

EAST MEADOW - The newest chaplain in the Nassau County Police Department is only the second Hispanic to ever hold the post. 

Revered Derek Garcia is a Great Neck native and has accepted an appointment to be a department chaplain. 

The 33-year-old Garcia is senior pastor at a Hispanic church in East Meadow.

Garcia's appointment as chaplain comes as statistics show the department's non-white members is now at 19 percent.

That's up from 11 percent in 2014.

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