To the Men and Women of the NYPD:
Today at sundown marks the start of Hanukkah, eight days and nights celebrating freedom, renewal, and rededication – ideals NYPD cops exemplify each and every day.
Thank you for everything you do for our department, for our city, and for all New Yorkers, particularly in light of yesterday’s bombing in the subway system, and the truck attack along the West Side Highway just six weeks ago. Whether it’s handling radio runs, safeguarding parades or demonstrations, or evolving along with the ever-changing threat of terrorism, you are the gold standard for our nation’s law enforcement.
As we reach the end of 2017 and look ahead to even greater record-setting milestones in crime reduction, we are all wise to remember that our job is not only to fight crime and keep people safe – it’s also to make people feel safe, too. So, continue to do what you do better than anyone else, anywhere in the United States: Be compassionate, be reassuring, be resolute. And, as always, stay safe.
Happy Hanukkah and have a great holiday season,
James P. O’Neill