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NYPD Members and Community Leaders gather at NYPD MTS Heritage Gala

By Ali Cinar - NYPD Middle East and Turkic Society organized a Heritage Gala at 1 Police Plaza. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neil and NYPD MTS President Mourad Mourad made a opening remarks during the Gala. President Mourad said: "We will continue to work hard and continue to grow so that the NYPD is well represented in our communities and the trust between law enforcement and the civilian population gets even stronger."

NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan, Captain Jamiel Altaheri and Mr. Nabil Zebib received Awards for their contribution and hard word from the Society. In addition, Society Board Members, Board of Trustees, Advisory Board Members and ME&Turkic American Community leaders enjoyed the folk dance from different ethnic groups and international food.

About NYPD MTS
The purpose of establishing the Middle Eastern and Turkic Society (MTS) is to provide a forum for NYPD uniform and civilians members of Greater Middle Eastern and Turkic Descent to congregate and celebrate their cultural and religious diversity. We aim to serve as a bridge between the multitude of backgrounds commonly found amongst people of The Mid-East and Turkic heritage and to celebrate our rich cultural and religious diversity.

The society welcomes and respects individuals from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, will support the NYPD as an institution, highlight the diversity found within the department and serve as a platform for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. The MTS aims to support the broader NYPD mission of cross-cultural community engagement by sponsoring social events, cultural activities, charitable programs and community outreach.

More info: www.nypdmts.org/index.php?route=information/about

Massive Security Operation Underway to Protect the 73rd Session of UNGA

New York, New York — The NYPD, Secret Service and FBI announced enhanced security measures in place for the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly. In addition, the NYPD issued a traffic advisory for the event (see addendum) and was joined by the NYC Department of Transportation, which provided information about upcoming gridlock alert days and the increased traffic volume expected in Midtown Manhattan. During the General Assembly, a major annual event held by the U.N., the City of New York will host about 200 protectees from around the world. To help ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels will provide thousands of highly-trained uniformed and plain-clothes officers throughout the entire event. Additionally, 48 Department of Sanitation sand trucks will be deployed with hundreds of additional blocker vehicles. Two hundred thirty pieces of concrete block, 96 jersey barriers, and seven surface mounted delta vehicle barriers have also been placed at potentially-sensitive locations. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.
 

Ramadan Highlights in New York

By Ali Cinar - Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray opened their Gracie Mansion for the annual Ramadan Iftar dinner. Mayor de Blasio stressed that America “is not meant to be a nation that excludes or discriminates against, or puts down or disrespects the Muslim people”.

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