NYPD LT. To Attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address


NYPD Lieutenant Adeel Rana

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced today that a Muslim New York City Police (NYPD) lieutenant will be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Meng invited Lt. Adeel Rana, President of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, to join her for the President’s speech, and he has accepted her invitation.

Rana is a naturalized American citizen who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in the 1980s. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks as a member of the New York Army National Guard. He is presently the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Immigrant Outreach Unit.

“I am greatly honoured to be invited to President Obama’s State of the Union Address as a guest of Representative Meng,” Lt. Rana said.

“I feel extremely proud for having received this invitation. As an American Muslim who has always been dedicated to serving my country and my fellow Americans, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to represent all great Muslim Americans.”

Read more from Rep. Grace Meng’s website [HERE]. 

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(Front row) Det. Bangash, Lt. Rana, and Det. Vukelj with visitors from Pakistan. The Pakistani young men, all survivors of terrorist attacks in their home country, were guests of the State Department.


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Lt. Rana (far right) and his officers coordinate the NYPD Cricket program that is played each summer. The program allows young men to play cricket while it also builds bridges between the NYPD and young men from Muslim communities through the city.