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SI Chamber to Host Annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon with Police Commissioner William Bratton

Kristin Foye - July 8, 2016

Staten Island, NY – July 8, 2016 – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, July 14 at 12 noon at Li Greci’s Staaten (697 Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY) and is sponsored by Gerald Peters and Sottile Security International, Inc. Staten Island’s top police officers from 2015 will be recognized by NYC Commissioner William J. Bratton as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.

Honorees will receive the Police Officer of the Month award for their daily commitment and service to borough residents. A Police Officer(s) of the Year will also be announced during the event. This special ceremony occurs each year to commemorate the NYPD’s great work in the Staten Island community.

Tickets are $60 per person or $500 for a full table (10 guests), and $40 for members of the NYPD. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.sichamber.com or with Joyce Venezia Suss at 718-727-1900.

About the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Safety and Security Committee:
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Safety and Security Committee was formed to educate the community on crime trends, solutions, and methods to protect the property and assets of local businesses. It holds seminars, workshops, and develops strategies to help protect businesses from crime, and ensure a safe and healthy working environment across Staten Island. Every year, the group serves as the selection committee for the Annual Police Officer of the Year Luncheon, which is held to honor the NYPD’s finest, as well as to continue the strong working relationship between the business community and the NYPD. For more information about the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee, contact the Chamber at 718-727-1900.

The Safety & Security Committee consists of Co-Chairs Michael Assenza of Stat Land Security Services and Salvatore Sottile of Sottile Security International, Inc as well as committee members: Gerald Amerosi of Gerald Peters Inc; Arthur Cappabianca of Marsec, LLC; Robert DeGennaro of Video Surveillance Corp; John DiCaprio of BNP Paribas; Donna M. Long of GRACE Foundation of NY; and Stephen J. Luise of Classic Protection Security & Investigations.

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William J. Bratton
Police Commissioner

William J. Bratton was appointed the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014; it is the second time he has held the post. As police commissioner he has used precision policing to achieve continuing crime declines, including the fewest homicides and robberies in more than fifty years. At the same time, he has implemented unprecedented technological innovations, new counterterror programs, and a Neighborhood Policing model designed to close the gap between the police and the people they serve.

In the 1990s, Police Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and in his first term as New York City Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all three posts, achieving the largest crime declines in New York City’s history. At the NYPD from 1994 to 1996, he led the development of CompStat, the internationally acclaimed command accountability system now used by police departments around the world. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009 and in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of the nation’s two largest cities.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Police Commissioner Bratton began his career in 1970 as a beat cop in the Boston Police Department. In 1976 he was cited with the department’s top award for valor for facing down a bank robber and rescuing a hostage. By 1980 he had risen to Superintendent of Police, the BPD’s highest sworn position. He went on to lead progressive change as chief or commissioner of five other police departments.

A noted author, commentator, and consultant, Police Commissioner Bratton holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he was a Senior Executive Fellow in Criminal Justice and a member of the school’s National Executive Session on Policing. For his collaborative efforts in working with U.S. and British police forces, he was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Police Commissioner Bratton is married to attorney Rikki Klieman and is the proud father of David and grandfather of his son David’s two children, John and Nicolas.

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