As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, the New York City Police Department celebrated with an evening of music, food, and awards. The 2017 Hispanic Heritage Celebration was hosted by the NYPD Hispanic Society, the New York Dominican Officers Organization, and the National Latino Officers Association. Hundreds of NYPD members were joined by community leaders to celebrate the rich history and contributions of Hispanics in the department.
Many NYPD executives were in attendance including Chief of Department Carlos Gomez and Deputy Chief Ellen Chang; the two highest-ranking male and female Hispanic members of the NYPD. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Police Commissioner James O’Neill offered words of encouragement and appreciation during the event. With Hispanics making up over 27% of uniformed members of the NYPD, Police Commissioner O’Neill emphasized the importance of diversity in fighting crime:
“Our goal is to best represent those we serve and, increasingly, we are doing just that as the face of our department changes. As our ranks continue to grow more diverse we keep pushing crime down to levels that were previously unimaginable.”
Police Commissioner O’Neill spoke of Detective Miosotis Familia and how her spirit of community exemplifies our neighborhood policing philosophy. Awards were presented to the Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Félix Ortiz, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., Deputy Commissioner Antonio Cruz of the Department of Corrections, Deputy Chief Manuel Goico of U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and Deputy Inspector Reymundo Mundo of the 34 Precinct. Police Commissioner O’Neill also commended members of the Office of Emergency Management for their participation in post-hurricane recovery efforts for Puerto Rico.