YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The future of America’s police force listened to the man who led the largest department in America on Tuesday.
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly was the featured speaker as part of Youngstown State University’s Skeggs Lecture series at Stambaugh Auditorium. He gave advice to cadets from the YSU Police Academy.
“These are young people who I think are on the right track. It’s a great career, certainly it was a great career for me,” he said. “I think if that’s what they want to do, go for it with gusto.”
A leading expert on national security, Kelly created the first counter-terrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country. He also established a new global intelligence program and stationed New York detectives in 11 foreign cities.
Under Kelly’s leadership, the NYPD lowered violent crime by 40 percent. He also established the Real Time Crime Center, a facility that uses data mining to search millions of computer records and put investigative leads into the hands of detectives in the field.
Kelly is currently serving as president of Cushman and Wakefield’s Risk Management Services division and is an ABC News consultant.
On Tuesday, Kelly and the cadets discussed everything from education to active shooters. He told the cadets communication is a key part of the job. No matter the size of the department, Kelly said the fundamentals are the same, and officers always need to do the right thing.
“I think have a life where you can look at yourself in the mirror and have a feeling of satisfaction with the job,” he said.
Kelly said body cameras would help with the public perception of officers, and they need to continue working on active shooter training.
“You have to get there fast, and you have to take action fast with an active shooter. Easy to say, not easy to do,” he said.
YSU Police Academy’s Commander Edward Villone said it was good for the academy to listen to someone of Kelly’s caliber.
“The more educated we are, the better police officers we’ll become, and the more well-rounded and better for the public,” he said.
Kelly also met with local officers and Marines, and presented service awards to members of the YSU Police Department.