Ray Kelly Releases New Memoir 'Vigilance'

Kelly was the longest-serving police commissioner in New York City history, and spent over 45 years in the NYPD.
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Ray Kelly is the longest serving police commissioner in America's biggest city, more than 40 years fighting crime and terrorism in New York City. And he writes all about it in his brand-newtty great. You'd have to ask him. I'm having a blast. I don't know if he -- if he likes me. He doe English yet so we're getting there. He's learn seems very happy. The physicality of it. We loved you on "Saturday night live." You hadreat impersonation of Jon. Thank you. We a clip talking about the stimulus package. Take a look? I'm sure. I said it say it age stimulus is working. Now, I know that might be tough to swallow if you're unemployed but look at me, the stimulus is Jedi M tricks. Would see him run? Sure. The more the merrier, I think. You know, if I was only 35 I would run myself. Exactly. I'm well over. I could probe run now. Anticipated it. Should we have? Probably. Could have been so much worse too. Indeed, the goal was to have one building go into the other building. And obviously that didn't happen then but something much more horrific happened in 2001. That's your second tour as commissioner. You come in a few months after. Correct. 9/11 and everything has changed here because of that event. Yes. Things have changed throughout the world. He helped transform the NYPD to a counter terrorism force tracking at least 16 different plots against the city under his watch. New York's crime rate fell. Critics have taken aim at his controversial stop and frisk policy. Not just New York, it seems to be a crisis of policing and race relations all across America right now. But just this spring polls show the confidence in police overall in the country lowest level they've been in 23 years. What do we do about that. It's a real problem. Policing has come a long way certainly since I started many years ago. But when you have incidents such as the horrific events that happened in North Charleston, South Carolina where Walter Scott was gunned down by a police officer, these high-profile events set us back quite a ways. No question about it. And when you see these protests all across the country saying black lives matter, and african-americans say to you, I'm sorry, I just don't believe the police have our best interests at heart, what do you say? Well, I think you have to work with the community, it's no easy task. We have police officers now in the NYPD born in 106 countries. That's the result of a lot of aggressive proactive recruitment. It makes the department better. No question about it. You have to strive to reflect the community that you serve. A lifetime spent in policing. Would you do it all over again? Yeah, I wouldn't trade it for anything. What a career, ray Kelly's memoir "Vigilance" memoir

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