PHOTO: Thalia models her
NYPD Honorary Member commemorative jacket with (L-R) Detective Jeffrey Stella,
president of the NYPD Hispanic Society; Police Officer Romulo Guerrero,
Dominican Officers Organization; Lieutenant Robert Gonzalez, president of the
Latino Officers Association and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at the NYPD
Hispanic Heritage celebration Tuesday. NYPD Photo Unit.
Commissioner Kelly said: “One of the great stories of
Hispanic heritage in New York City has been written right here in the Police
Department, where one in four members today is Hispanic – from the police
officer rank to the upper ranks of the Department. October may be the month that
formally celebrates Hispanic culture, but the NYPD recognizes this rich heritage
every day around the city.”
At Tuesday’s event three Hispanic members of the
service, Assistant Commissioner, Intelligence Division Lawrence Sanchez;
Director of the School Safety Division Ramon Garcia, and President of the
Policewoman’s Endowment Association, Detective Lina Santamaria, were recognized
for their service.
Thalia was honored with a commemorative plaque and NYPD
jacket by Commissioner Kelly and the leadership of the NYPD Hispanic Society,
Dominican Officers Organization and Latino Officers Association. (See
Over 25% of the uniformed force, and 28% of the Police
Officer rank specifically, is Hispanic. Since 2002, the number of Hispanics
promoted to discretionary ranks above Captain in the NYPD has increased 53.8%.
Twenty members of the service, from Deputy Inspectors to Bureau Chief, are
Hispanic. Discretionary promotions below the Captain rank also have increased
51.8% compared with 2001.
The Department began to track the race of officers in
1970, when Hispanics represented 3% of the force.
PHOTO 2: Police
Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Mexican celebrity Thalia celebrate the New
York City Police Department’s extensive Hispanic membership. NYPD Photo