Berkeley College Co-Sponsors Crain’s Breakfast Forum Featuring NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill

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New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill addressed his Department’s efforts in reducing crime in the City during the Crain’s 2016 Business Breakfast Forum on December 14, 2016. Representatives from Berkeley College, business leaders and law enforcement officials were among those who attended the event, held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.

“We have a moral obligation to keep pushing crime down,” Commissioner O’Neill said. “The safer we keep New York City, the more people will want to come.”

Commissioner O’Neill cited the New York Police Department’s (NYPD’s) neighborhood policy, which tasks officers to strengthen partnerships with communities they serve, as a “fundamental redesign of how NYPD patrols.”

“NYPD cops take this job to make a difference ... we cannot do it alone, though,” Commissioner O’Neill said. “We have to maintain our relationships with the community to continue keeping New York City safe.”

“Commissioner O’Neill’s collaborative approach is necessary to build relationships in the community and to manage the many aspects of policing required to keep our City safe,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.

Berkeley College was one of three sponsors of the Crain’s 2016 Business Breakfast Forum, along with Delta Air Lines and The General Contractors Association of New York. The event was moderated by Erik Engquist, Assistant Managing Editor, Crain’s New York Business, and Pervaiz Shallwani, Criminal Justice Reporter, The Wall Street Journal.

Photo Caption: New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill (Third from left) emphasized the importance of the New York Police Department collaborating with its community to reduce crime during the Crain’s 2016 Business Breakfast Forum on December 14, 2016. Representatives from Berkeley College, a sponsor of the event, with Commissioner O’Neill (Left to right) are: Charlane Brown-Wyands,JD, Associate Chair, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies; Berkeley College student Fleurika Ambroise of Laurelton in Queens, NY; Robert Maguire, Assistant Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Public Safety; Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; Berkeley College student Robin Lindberg Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden; and Jairo Borja, Berkeley College Director of Business Development, Career Services.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate, and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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