Police Commissioner O’Neill’s Christmas Message to the Men and Women of the NYPD

To the Men and Women of the NYPD:

Today is Christmas Day, a reminder that even the most humble among us can change the world for the better. New Yorkers recognize and appreciate the sacrifices you make for them, especially when your duties take you away from your loved ones. We know we have the best jobs in the world, but our families have the toughest. And that’s as true today as it is any other day of the year.

You took these jobs to make a difference in people’s lives, and you accomplish that every single day. The levels to which you keep pushing down crime and violence are beyond remarkable, and none of it happens by accident. New York is the safest big city in the United States due to the hard work of the men and women wearing NYPD uniforms today, plus all of our civilian members, as well as the thousands of talented and brave cops who came before you. Increasingly, it’s also because the people who live in, work in, and visit our city recognize and understand that to achieve true public safety, it takes everyone doing their part – it’s a shared responsibility. Ultimately, the connections you’re making, and the relationships you’re developing, are keeping people safe. Equally important: They’re making people feel safe, too.

Thank you for everything you do for the NYPD and for this great city. As you work today and into the New Year, keep up what you do better than anyone else, anywhere. And above all: Watch out for each other, and always stay safe.

James P. O’Neill
Police Commissioner