Commissioner Ray Kelly Advocates Community Partnership
By John L. Aaron
August 29th, 2008
Using a pre- Ramadan community briefing and press conference,
as the backdrop, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
applauded his Community Affairs officers for a successful NYPD Cricket
program, which concluded with a very colorful final two weeks ago
at Gateway Cricket Ground.
Kings coach Ricky Kissoon collects the NYPD 20/Twenty Championship
trophy from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo
by John Aaron)
Held at One Police
Plaza last Tuesday morning, the event was billed as The 2008 Pre-Ramadan
Conference, with the motto: “Improving Community Relations Through
Positive Interaction,” and attracted several Muslim leaders
and the 75 members of the newly formed NYPD Fraternal Order of Muslim
Officers. However, Commissioner Kelly in acknowledging that the conference
was held to familiarize the community on police matters and crime
watch during the holy month of Ramadan stated that the NYPD was becoming
more involved in community activities involving all ethnic groups
in the City. He cited the recently successful NYPD United Soccer and
Cricket programs run through the NYPD’s Community Affairs department.
The winning sports teams were presented to the Commissioner, who in
turn officially presented them with their championship trophies.
Accepting on behalf of the Cosmos Kings Youth XI was the team’s
heroic batsman Rasheem James. The 17-year old towered over Commissioner
Kelly with a thousand watt smile, and surrounded by his team mates.
The dapper dressed Commissioner encouraged the soccer and cricket
youths to consider careers in law enforcement, stating that service
to the community through the NYPD was need by all ethnic groups.
The Commissioner noted that the NYPD is cognizant of the diversity
of the city’s population of some eight million people and applauded
the formation of the department’s first Fraternal Order of Muslim
Officers, noting that the recent graduating class of Police officers
included recruits from several countries such as Bangladesh and Guyana,
among others. He reported that the NYPD had recently signed a memorandum
of understanding with its counterpart in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for intelligence
exchange, as well as joint training and operations initiatives.
Commissioner Kelly noted that crime was down 30% in New York City
compared to seven years ago, while wishing everyone a safe and blessed
Aaron Column Homepage