Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College’s Department of Public Safety recognized National Peace Officer Memorial Day with a special ceremony on May 15 in the Savoy Multipurpose Room. Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week pay tribute to the local, state and federal Peace Officers who have died in the line of duty.
But the day also offered the chance to thank the Hostos Peace Officers who, without fanfare, work hard to keep the campus safe. Attending the ceremony were College administrators, faculty, staff and students—several of whom publically thanked the Officers for their hard work and friendly demeanor.
Several Officers earned awards for their extraordinary service, including 2012 Sergeant of the Year Award – Sergeant Joseph Adeleye; 2012 Officer of the Year Award – Officer Theresa Nichiporuk; 2012 Attendance Awards – Officer Victor Rivera, Officer Jeffery Keys, Officer Halidu Youngo, Officer Fred Davila; 2012 Making the Difference Award – Corporal Clara Albino.
Lillian Morales, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, was also awarded the 2012 Public Safety College Staff Award.
Jeanette Taveras from Teamsters Local 237, talked about the important work Hostos Peace Officers perform each day in a neighborhood that presents many challenges. CUNY/Hostos Peace Officers are required to complete 16 weeks at the University Peace Officer Training Academy.
SVP of Administration & Finance, Esther R. Chardavoyne, thanked Chief Arnaldo Bernabe, Director of Campus Police & Security Services, for his leadership. She also complimented the bicycle patrols and recognized Hostos Public Safety Officers who responded to those hurt by Hurricane Sandy.
“We are just so grateful you are here. You are an important part of our family, and I want to thank you for the incredible work you do,” VP Chardavoyne said.
Chief Bernabe added, “I am proud of my team, and particularly proud of their professionalism and courtesy. We are always assisting students; it is a huge part of our jobs. Peace Officers serve as ambassadors to the College. We are the first people students see when they enter a facility, and the last people they see when they leave at night.”
About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu
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