NEW YORK (PIX11) — Their rivalry in sports is unprecedented. Whether it takes place on a 100 yard stage or on a diamond in the Bronx, or on the hardwood, the cities of Boston and New York are coming together where it counts the most in the interest of public safety.
On Friday, Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed that the NYPD will help train the Boston Police Department in an effort to prepare for the annual 4th of July festivities along Boston Harbor. “We’re proud of the fact that we have a long standing and strong relationship with the Boston Police and we’ll be of help any way we can,” said Commissioner Kelly after speaking at the 122nd Precinct on Friday.
However, the relationship between the two is not new. It only grew closer as events unfolded according to Kelly. “As a matter of fact on April 15th when the bombing took place, some Boston police officers were here receiving training.”
Immediately following the bombing, NYPD Detectives were dispatched to Boston to assist. The practice of working with other agencies is nothing new. Commissioner Kelly says strategies are shared with more than 140 law enforcement agencies. “The Texas Rangers are a part of it. The Oakland, California Police Department, most of it is in the Northeast quadrant of the country.”
One of those cities is Baltimore. Kevin Clark is the retired Police Chief of Baltimore. During his tenure, he worked closely with the NYPD. “People come here because it’s almost like coming to Rome. The New York City Police Department would be what I equate to Rome,” Clark said.
Clark also enjoyed a decorated career with the NYPD. Now he is a Senior Vice President with Elite Investigations in Midtown. The reason cities seek out the advice of the NYPD comes as a result of their unparalleled and cutting edge operation. “I believe the New York City Police Department is at the forefront of building up the type of intelligence gathering agency within the department that I think rivals probably the FBI,” Clark said.
But as Kelly touts an alliance and the cities strengthen their new bond, there is still the matter of the aforementioned rivalry on the hardwood. A new chapter tips off Friday between the Knicks and Celtics.
When asked who is was rooting for in Friday’s playoff game, Commissioner Kelly quickly reverted to the sports rivalry that has polarized both cities. “It’s going to be tough. There is going to be a lot of emotion up there. But obviously I’m a Knick fan, but I think Carmelo has to have a big night.”