NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's longest-serving police commissioner says the high points of his career have been the record crime reductions and the fact the city has avoided another terrorist attack after 9/11.
Raymond Kelly will depart next month after 12 years at the helm of the nation's largest police force. He says the job's low points have come when officers died.
New York is on track this year to have the fewest number of murders on record. Kelly credits his staff for the success. He notes the department was able to reduce crime even with fewer officers than when he arrived.
Kelly's high approval rating dropped this year as anger over the department's stop and frisk and surveillance policies grew. But he says he doesn't think the department's record was tarnished.