The Harlem business, cultural, civic and religious communities recently came together under the leadership of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce at Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom to celebrate the New York Police Department, particularly the commanding officers of Harlem’s 24th, 26th, 28th and 32nd precincts, and the historic achievements of the city’s police force, with 2017 seeing NYC’s lowest crime rate in 60 years.

Hundreds of attendees came out to celebrate their accomplishments and hear from NYC Police Commissioner James O’Neill and First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, along with Manhattan elected officials NYS Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, NYS Assemblyman Al Taylor, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Manhattan DA Cy Vance. However, the evening was about the five honorees from the Police Department, all commanding officers or former commanding officers of Harlem precincts, who have built tremendous relations with the community. Deputy Inspector Chris McIntosh, commanding officer of the 28th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Florida Veras, commanding officer of the 26th Precinct, Captain Seth Lynch, commanding officer of the 24th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Michael Baker, commanding officer of the 32nd Precinct and Inspector Michael Davidson, former commanding officer of the 32nd Precinct were all honored with special awards courtesy of MetroPlus and with citations from Congressman Adriano Espaillat, NYS Senator Brian Benjamin and NYC Councilman Bill Perkins, in addition to citations from the elected officials in attendance.

The evening’s program was part of an ongoing effort by the Public Safety Committees of the GHCC and Harlem Week, led by GHCC board members Willie Walker and Dr. John Palmer, along with Harlem Week board members Jackie Rowe Adams and Winston Majette. The next activity will be a salute to the NYPD Youth Explorers in February, celebrating Black History Month, supporting our youth and encouraging them to interface positively with the NYPD.