Raymond Kelly

(Raymond Walter Kelly)

Raymond Kelly
Raymond Kelly
  • Born: September 4, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

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Raymond Walter Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner in the history of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the first person to hold the post for two non-consecutive tenures. According to its website, Kelly— a lifelong New Yorker—had spent 47 years in the NYPD, serving in 25 different commands and as Police Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and again from 2002 until 2013. Kelly was the first person to rise from Police Cadet to Police Commissioner, holding all of the department's ranks, except for Three-Star Bureau Chief, Chief of Department, and Deputy Commissioner, having been promoted directly from Two-Star Chief to First Deputy Commissioner in 1990. After his handling of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he was mentioned for the first time as a possible candidate for FBI Director. After Kelly turned down the position, Louis Freeh was appointed.

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A broad base of knowledge is critically important to our ability to investigate terrorism. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A small number of people and groups control the Democratic primary.
All terrorism is theater.
As a city, we have to face the reality that New York's minority communities experience a disproportionate share of violent crime.
Consensus building doesn't necessarily fit with my experience.
David Cohen is without a doubt one of the best - if not the best - public servant I've ever encountered.
For some, the very act of intelligence gathering seems illegitimate when applied to the crime of terrorism.
I don't stretch enough. I know I should do it more, and I'd like to do yoga, but I just don't have time. Time
I don't think I have the demeanor to be a politician. I'm used to making decisions and to a certain extent being in charge.
I don't think I've become arrogant. I'm pretty much the same person. I think the world has changed. I think I'm pretty consistent. Because you stick to what you believe does not make you arrogant.
I don't watch cop movies much. I TiVo shows. I watch every Larry David show. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I like music, a lot of different types of music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I like Sicilian food. It's real peasant food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I liked the military life. They teach you self-sufficiency early on. I always say that I learned most of what I know about leadership in the Marine Corps. Certain basic principles stay with you - sometimes consciously, mostly unconsciously. Life ;Leaders & Leadership
I think one of the biggest scams in law enforcement is the monitor.
I think the American public can accept the fact if you tell them that every time you pick up the phone it's going to be recorded and it goes to the government. I think the public can understand that. Time ;Government
I think, as a nation, we didn't learn our lessons from the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. We should have been more careful in a whole host of areas.
If terrorists aren't limited by borders and boundaries, we can't be, either.
If you want to be a cop, it's not for everybody, no question about it, but there's no place like New York City.
I'm a nice guy, but people want to kill me.
In New York City we have the biggest police force in the country. We have 35,000 uniformed officers. We're able to mass officers in significant numbers if we had to.
It sounds corny, but I never have avoided the challenges - I relish them - I think it's what make me tick, to a certain extent.
It's dangerous to write people off just because they've been arrested.
New Yorkers are real gritty and tough.
Since 9/11, some of the most violent terrorists we've encountered were radicalized or recruited at universities.
The federal government is doing less than it is lawfully entitled to do to protect New York City, and the City is less safe as a result. Government
The NYPD has too urgent a mission and too few officers for us to waste time and resources on broad, unfocused surveillance. We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack - and we uphold the law in doing so. Time
The stark reality is that crime happens in communities of color.
You can't separate the two, being a parent, being a cop.
You have multiple intelligence agencies. They all ultimately report to the director of national intelligence but, you know, it never comes in neat packages. So you have to make judgments on what you have, and it's not easy to do.