BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HONOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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The program will also include a remembrance of NYPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and a public denunciation of the wave of senseless violence against the Jewish community.
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First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker will be given the inaugural Samuel Battle Trailblazer Award at Bronx Community College tomorrow.

On Tuesday, February 25, prominent New Yorkers who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of justice will be on hand for a major event in Bronx Community College’s observance of this year’s Black History Month: A Tribute to African-American Leaders in the Criminal Justice Profession.

Organized by BCC’s Criminal Justice Program, the evening will include the establishment of two new awards.

New York State court officer Major Earnest Owens will be the first recipient of the Captain William Harry Thompson Award, created in honor of the New York State court officer who perished on September 11, 2001. First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker will be given the inaugural Samuel Battle Trailblazer Award, named for the first African-American appointed to the New York City Police Department.

Other honorees of the evening will include the Honorable Valerie Braithwaite-Nelson, Associate Justice, New York State Court Appellate Division; the Honorable J. Machelle Sweeting, Justice, New York State Supreme Court; the Honorable Vanessa Gibson, NYC Councilwoman; the Honorable Otis Cruise, Commissioner Board of Parole, New York State Corrections and Community Supervision; Lt. Mary Faison-Cobham of Bronx Community College’s Public Safety department; Captain Keiyon S. Ramsey and Detective Yuseff Hamm of the New York City Police Department; and Mr. Larry Davis, retired Chief of the New York City Department of Corrections.

The program will also include a remembrance of NYPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and a public denunciation of the wave of senseless violence against the Jewish community. For further information, contact Dr. Leroy Gadsden at 718.289.5669 or Leroy.Gadsden@bcc.cuny.edu

About Bronx Community College

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York offers more than 40 academic programs that prepare students for careers and to continue their education at four-year colleges. Located on a 45-acre tree-lined campus, BCC is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the country’s first hall of fame. The College provides its approximately 10,000 students with quality academic programs, outstanding faculty, and flexible class schedules. BCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with students representing approximately 100 countries. In October 2012, the BCC campus was declared a National Historic Landmark, becoming the country’s first community college campus to receive such a designation.

For more information about Bronx Community College, visit www.bcc.cuny.edu

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