NYPD executives, clergy members, and community leaders convened at 1 Police Plaza for the annual High Holy Days briefing. Every year the department holds a meeting to discuss security measures and address community concerns as the Jewish community prepares for important religious observances throughout the city. Since its inception in the late 1970s, this longstanding tradition has fostered open lines of communication between community members and the NYPD.
Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill presided over the event and reassured those present that the NYPD is dedicated to protecting all religious communities. In his own words:
“It is our mission to make sure nobody in New York City lives their lives in fear.”
Police Commissioner O’Neill also highlighted how the neighborhood policing initiative is strengthening community ties and helping individual officers address specific concerns.
“Neighborhood policing gives us the tools to make sure everyone’s concerns about public safety are both communicated and respected.”
Additional remarks were given by Captain Mark Molinari, of the Hate Crimes Task Force, and Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass. During his presentation, Captain Mark Molinari outlined the NYPD’s plan to combat and vigorously pursue hate crimes in New York City.