Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly presided today over the NYPD Asian Heritage Month celebration, in the main auditorium of One Police Plaza. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong (retired NYPD) were recognized by principals of the NYPD Desi Society, NYPD Asian Jade Society and Korean American Officers Association. NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Chan, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and the highest ranking Asian in the Department, served as keynote speaker. Nearly 3,000 members of the New York City Police Department are of Asian or South Asian heritage (uniformed and civilian members). Six percent of the current Police Academy class are Asian, including recruits born in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Guyana, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
Police Commissioner Kelly said: “These groups are also to be celebrated for their remarkable growth in recent years. Indeed, it is within the lifetime and careers of this generation of Asian police officers and civilians that a new trail has been blazed, with Asian representation growing from a handful of Asian members in the 1970s to almost 3,000 today. This expansion is good for New York City, and good for every part of the Police Department’s mission, from fighting crime and terrorism, to building cooperative relations with the diverse communities we serve and improving their quality of life.”
Also in attendance were Pakistan’s Deputy Inspector General of Police, Imran Shaukat and Pakistani Consul General in New York, Faqir Syed Asif Hussain
NYPD Photo : (from left to right) Chief Thomas Chan, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, David Chong, Preet Bharara