As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, the New York City Police Department celebrated on Tuesday with an evening of music, food, and awards. The Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2016 was hosted by the New York Dominican Officers Organization, the NYPD Hispanic Society, and the National Latino Officers Association.
Hispanics make up over 27% of uniformed members of the NYPD and many of them were present in the auditorium of One Police Plaza, joining hundreds of civilian members of the Department and community leaders. Many NYPD executives were in attendance, including Chief of Department Carlos Gomez, the highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD, and this highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the Department’s history
Father George Anastasiou, an NYPD chaplain, opened the ceremony with an invocation, followed by Police Commissioner James O’Neill. Michael Greco, the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York, delivered the keynote. Orquesta La Jara, the Hispanic Society’s Latin Band, provided the music.
“It’s an honor to be here as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, your honorees, and the proud heritage of the NYPD’s Hispanic officers and civilians,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill. “We’re in a city that embraces its differences, and we’re in a Department where diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
Awards were given to Inspector Edward Caban of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, Captain Martha Doble of the Information Technology Bureau, Detectie Anthony Bonilla of the Criminal Enterprise Investigation Section, PO Rosa Rodriguez of the Medical Division, PO Betty Carradero of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Chief Luis Molina of the Department of Corrections, and Sgt. William Colon of the Westchester Police Department. Linden (N.J.) Police Officer Angel Padilla and Traffic Investigator Peter Hammer were also recognized for their work apprehending last month’s Chelsea bombing suspect.