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Press Release | 2009-PH16

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # PH16
Wednesday, June 3, 2009



BRONX TEENAGER SERVES AS NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY

Samantha Marie Medina, 16, Proposed Operations to Stop Gang, Gun Violencein Winning Essay

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1) Police Commissioner for a Day Samantha Medina of the Bronx takes a seat at the desk of the Police Commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly. The desk formerly belonged to President Theodore Roosevelt, who served as President of the Board of Police Commissioners from 1895 to 1897.

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2) Police Commissioner for a Day Samantha Medina of the Bronx joins Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at his media briefing following the ceremony at which the winners of the “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest were announced. Medina is one of 130 city youth who spent a day 'on the job' with New York City Police commanders.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Wednesday congratulated the winners of the annual “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest, a citywide competition for youth in 9th through 12th grades administered by the Police Athletic League. He was joined by New York County District Attorney, the Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, Chairman of the PAL board, and John B. Osborn, who serves as its president. Commissioner Kelly is the honorary president of the Police Athletic League.

“When I see the outstanding talent and enthusiasm in this room, I feel optimistic about the future of this city. We need young people who are problems solvers, who can think logically, carefully, and creatively, and who can express themselves persuasively,” Commissioner Kelly said. “I look forward to the day, after you've finished high school and college - when you might consider a career with the Police Department.”

The essay question to which entrants responded this year was: “If you were Police Commissioner for a Day, what initiatives would you implement to address two of these major issues impacting on the city's youth: guns, unemployment, interpersonal violence, and gangs?”

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Wednesday congratulated the winners of the annual “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest, a citywide competition for youth in 9th through 12th grades administered by the Police Athletic League. He was joined by New York County District Attorney, the Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, Chairman of the PAL board, and John B. Osborn, who serves as its president. Commissioner Kelly is the honorary president of the Police Athletic League.

“When I see the outstanding talent and enthusiasm in this room, I feel optimistic about the future of this city. We need young people who are problems solvers, who can think logically, carefully, and creatively, and who can express themselves persuasively,” Commissioner Kelly said. “I look forward to the day, after you've finished high school and college - when you might consider a career with the Police Department.”

The essay question to which entrants responded this year was: “If you were Police Commissioner for a Day, what initiatives would you implement to address two of these major issues impacting on the city's youth: guns, unemployment, interpersonal violence, and gangs?”

Samantha Medina, a junior at Saint Catherine Academy in the Bronx, focused her essay on gangs and guns. Medina, the “Police Commissioner for a Day,” was one of approximately 130 youth whose essays were selected by a panel of judges. Essay winners spent most of Wednesday with a senior executive, chief, or precinct commander from the NYPD.

In addition to programs through the Police Athletic League, the New York City Police Department provides opportunities and outlets to youth citywide through its Community Affairs Youth Services Bureau. A description of programs can be found at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/community_affairs/youth_programs.shtml. More information about the Police Athletic League is also available online: http://www.palnyc.org/.

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