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New NYPD commissioner sworn in amid bombing suspect’s takedown

NEW YORK — It took James O'Neill more than three decades as a cop to ascend to the top of the nation's largest police department, but only a little more than day to get his first real test.

O'Neill first full day as New York City's police commissioner ended with him racing to the scene of an explosion Saturday in the Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill looks on during a press conference regarding Saturday night's explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, at New York City Police headquarters, September 18, 2016 in New York City. The explosion, which went off in a construction dumpster and injured 29 people, is being labeled an "intentional act". A second device, a pressure cooker, was found four blocks away that an early investigation found was likely also a bomb. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill looks on during a press conference regarding an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, at New York City Police headquarters, Sept. 18, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He immediately took charge, offering the nation its first, up-close look at his no-nonsense, just-the-facts management style.

And less than 40 hours later, a suspect was in custody, believed responsible for blasts in both New York and in a New Jersey shore town.

O'Neill acknowledged Monday that he was happy with the arrest but that it was a tough way to start his new position.