Congratulations are in order with the recent announcement by the New York Police Department on the promotion of Ruel R. Stephenson to the position of Assistant Chief, Commander Manhattan – North, it is certainly a well-deserved promotion because Stephenson has had a distinguished career in the police department for several decades, and during that time he has distinguished himself in so many significant roles in different areas of New York City, from Brooklyn to Harlem and in the Northeast Bronx. He has been held in high esteem in every area that he has served and has been an innovator and a person committed to the community and its engagement with the police department.
In the Northeast Bronx, which is heavily Caribbean, during his tenure Chief Stephenson promoted several innovative programs, opening the precinct to the community for meetings and youth activities, engaging in toy drives for the young people, and always made himself available in the community to provide a role model and inspiration to the young people. He was in attendance for community and church activities way beyond his duty in the police force.
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But he saw that as part of his work as a community leader and as one who had a stake in the community’s wellbeing. So with some degree of gladness, we can extend congratulations to a Jamaican born who has now moved into the highest rank of the police department.
Born in the parish of Clarendon, where he spent his early years, he then migrated to the United States, where he has now distinguished himself in so many ways and is now rewarded with this promotion. Carib News has had the opportunity to interact with Chief Stephenson, we. have interviewed him in the past and have seen the work that he has done, and we must say again, well deserved.
We agree with the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Alsion Roach Wilson, when she said that Chief Stephenson’s promotion to this esteemed position is well deserved. We congratulate him on this milestone achievement. His distinguished career in law enforcement, combined with his leadership expertise and unwavering commitment to serving the people of New York, makes him an outstanding choice for Assistant Chief; we are fortunate to have him as a member of the N Y P D family. We join in saying well-deserved Congratulations to a son of the soil and a real role model to be emulated.