NYPD members and executives gathered to celebrate the careers of more than 300 dedicated public servants who have served – and who continue to serve – our city honorably. Recipients of the Longevity Award have sustained meaningful careers at the department for 35 years or more. Deputy Commissioner John Beirne received a special standing ovation for his 55 years of service with the NYPD. Commissioner Beirne began his career in 1962 on patrol and rose up through the ranks where he now serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Labor Relations.
In Police Commissioner James O’Neill’s remarks, he highlighted the incredible progress the department has made in the last 50 years. Due to the work of the awardees, the crime rate in New York City has plummeted to unprecedented lows:
“All of you in this room played enormous roles in shifting crime trends in New York over the decades and helped us become the safest big city in the United States. You’ve dedicated what might feel like a lifetime to our department and to this great city.”
Thank you and congratulations to all of the awardees for your steadfast dedication to public safety. The NYPD is grateful for every day, and every year, you have given to this department.