NEW YORK: A Pakistani-American police officer was appointed to lead the volunteer force of the New York Police Department and devoted this rare accomplishment to his motherland, Pakistan, immediately.
Nasir Saleem, a 30-year-old New York Police veteran, became the first Pakistani and the first person of the Muslim faith to be named Vice Chief Auxiliary of the nearly 5,000-strong force.
The group acts as the regular police’s “eyes and ears” by foot, car, and bicycle patrols in the communities of the town. NYPD Auxiliary’s twitter account commended Deputy’s service to the department 28 years and 14000 hours.
“It’s a great honor … I’m speechless,” Saleem said in a voice full of emotion.
“I’m dedicating my new title to Pakistan,” he told reporters on Tuesday after taking the oath of office as Deputy Chief Auxiliary.
Auxiliary police officers are trained to observe and report conditions that require the regular police services and help with non-enforcement and non-hazardous duties.
Saleem was inducted into his new position at a simple ceremony where police officers and members of the Pakistani community were introduced.
At a simple ceremony at which senior police officers and members of the Pakistani community were introduced, Saleem was inducted into his new assignment. Captain Adeel Rana and Lt. Zaigham Abbas, fellow Pakistani-
American policemen, pinned up Badges on his uniform. Badges were pinned on his uniform by Captain Adeel Rana and Lt. Zaigham Abbas, fellow Pakistani-American police officers.