Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly swore in Astoria teenager Muhammad Hassan Sarwar, 17, as Police Commissioner for a Day on June 2.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly swore in Astoria teenager Muhammad Hassan Sarwar, 17, as Police Commissioner for a Day on June 2. Sarwar, who is a senior at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan, won an annual essay competition organized by the Police Athletic League.
Before an official ceremony at Police Headquarters, Commissioner Kelly and Sarwar held a morning meeting in the Commissioner's office, with Sarwar seated at Commissioner Kelly's desk. The desk was once used by President Theodore Roosevelt, who from 1895 to 1897 was President of the Board of Police Commissioners in New York.
Sarwar was one of dozens of New York City students who were paired with members of the Department's executive corps, borough and precinct commanders. After their swearing-in, the teenagers rode on an NYPD Harbor boat and met members of the NYPD Mounted and K9 Divisions.
In his remarks, Commissioner Kelly noted the success of the Operation Impact for Schools program, which since its inception in 2004 has resulted in a 58% decrease in crime occurring in selected schools.
The NYPD offers numerous programs for young people through its Community Affairs Bureau.
Additional information about the Police Commissioner for a Day essay contest is available through the Police Athletic League.