Tanya Duhaney was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the last of four children. The family later relocated to Springfield Gardens, Queens. Tanya attended P.S. 37Q, JHS. 231 and Far Rockaway High School. After graduating from high school, she then attended John Jay College & Bernard M. Baruch University receiving her Bachelors in Business Management.
Detective Duhaney started her Police career in July 2001 working in the 104th Precinct to perform her field training and later transferred to the 113th Precinct where she grew up and is now presently assigned for the last 19 years.
Tanya patrolled Southeast Queens for 7 years and was then assigned to the Precinct Community Affairs Unit in 2007, where she is the liaison between the New York City Police Department and the Southeast Queens Community.
Detective Duhaney passion has allowed her to organize monthly precinct-community events such as Prom Impact, Cerebral Palsy Give Back, Coffee with a Cop, Youth Conferences, Senior Luncheons, Church presentations, BBQ’s for children living in Shelters, Camping In the Park, Breast Cancer Walks, Multi-Agency community events, Cops and Kids Weight Lifting Competitions, School Career Day Events, also cooking every Thanksgiving day at the Ronald McDonald House, visiting WWII Veterans at the St. Albans VA Hospital and staying in touch with retired Members of Service including Retired Detective Mollie Ann Gustine a Southeast Queens native.
Detective Duhaney made sure this talented pianist and NYPD Trailblazer told her story about the very few African American Women on the force back then in 1963. She later became the first woman to become a union delegate for the PBA and DEA.
Shortly after giving Ms. Mollie her wish to be interviewed by Dean Memminger of Spectrum News1 for Women’s History Month in early March of 2020. Detective Mollie passed away a few days later because of the Corona Virus, but leaving cherished memories of her NYPD life for Tanya to pass on to our younger generation of Police Women.
Detective Duhaney has also received the 2017 Hemmendinger Police Foundation award for spearheading the funeral arrangements for WWII Vet / Retired NYPD Detective William Brown who pasted away in May of 2016 from heart ailments. Mr. Brown was first discovered suffering from hypothermia when a 311 call from a concerned neighbor, stated she has not seen the 95 year old man in several days and he had recently told her he did not have heat in his home.
That’s when Community Affairs was sent to the hospital to visit him and realized he had no surviving family members and was retired from the NYPD in 1968. That’s when the promise was made” He will no longer be alone again”.
Detective Duhaney made weekly Sunday visits to his home and provided him with homemade meals & snacks. She also escorted him to doctor’s appointments, VA visits and call him every
2-3 day to check on him.
This was done until Mr. Brown took his last breath in May 2016 while Detective Duhaney was on vacation and unable to reach him.
When Tanya followed up with the medical examiners weeks later and realized no one came forward to claim his body. And that Mr. Brown was slated to be buried at Potters field within several days.
Tanya then leaped into action and asked her Commanding Officer Chief Frederick Grover for permission for the 113th Precinct to claim his body and give him a proper burial.
During her 19 yrs of service with the Police Department Tanya has worked on building strong & lasting relationships in the community she was raised in and is always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. She plans to continue her devotion in community policing as long as she lives.