Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly presided today over the NYPD’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Police Headquarters honoring NYPD leadership and Dr. Felix Matos-Rodriguez of Hostos Community College of the Bronx, who has also served as director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.
“For the Hispanic members of the New York City Police Department there’s a lot to feel proud of this month: your rapidly growing numbers in our ranks, your representation at the highest levels of the department, your cultural diversity and your accomplishments in making New York City safer than it’s been in decades,” Commissioner Kelly stated.
Today more than one in four uniformed members of the service in the NYPD are Hispanic, and the Department overall including civilian ranks is 24.6% Hispanic.
The NYPD Hispanic Society presented Commanding Officer of Queens Internal Affairs Inspector Ariana Donovan, Commanding Officer of Transit District 11 Deputy Inspector Luis Colon, Commanding Officer of the 23rd Precinct Captain Eric Pagan and Photo Unit Director Wilhelm Figueroa with leadership awards for their service and accomplishments.
The ceremony’s guest speaker and honoree was Dr. Matos-Rodriguez, who has served as president of Hostos College since 2009.