NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly To Join Council On Foreign Relations

AP

Outgoing New York City Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly will join the Council on Foreign Relations in January as a distinguished visiting fellow, the organization announced Monday. 

“Ray Kelly spearheaded the modernization of the New York Police Department. The result is that crime is down and the NYPD’s counterterrorism capabilities are second to none,” CFR President Richard N. Haass said in a statement. “We are excited and proud to have his experience, expertise, and judgment at the Council.”

Kelly will focus on national security issues including counterterrorism and cybersecurity, according to CFR’s statement.

The outgoing commissioner is also slated to hit the speaking circuit once he leaves his post at the end of the month. He’ll be replaced by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s pick, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

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