By COLlive reporter
Devorah Halberstam, a Chasidic resident of Crown Heights and longtime activist for law enforcement and fighting terror, has made history as the first person to receive the title of Honorary Safety Commissioner for Community Safety from the NYPD.
The title was given by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill due to Halberstam’s “relentless dedication to the New York Police Department for public safety and community safety, devoting hundreds of hours on training new officers, and for her dedication and perseverance to the NYPD,” Lieutenant James Woods told COLlive. “The partnership and friendship that we have with Devorah is a blessing to the NYPD.”
Halberstam, who is also the first woman to receive the honorary Commissioner title from the NYPD, was appointed at a private ceremony at NYPD Headquarters on Thursday.
“After a terrible tragedy, the murder of your son Ari, you could’ve just retreated into your own world, but you didn’t, you did the exact opposite – you made it a cause, and New York City is a much safer place because of that,” Commissioner O’Neill said.
“We are proud of Devorah Halberstam as a member of the 71st Precinct community, being honored as an Honorary Commissioner,” NYPD 71st Precinct Inspector Francis Giordano told COLlive.
“She has worked relentlessly to fight terrorism and train the NYPD rookies over the years, and she’s dedicated a huge amount of time and energy into law enforcement, and helped write numerous laws aiding law enforcement to help fight crime.”