November 9, 2018
Over 100 images celebrating the every-day heroism of NYPD officers
Proceeds from the book will benefit NYC Police Foundation
Today, Commissioner James P. O'Neill and the Police Foundation announced the release of a new book, NYPD – Behind the Scenes, by photographer Mark Condren.
The book, including images captured over two years, showcases some of the 36,000 officers fighting crime and keeping people safe. The images show the labor, intelligence, street savvy and high-tech brilliance, that goes into investigations as well as the human connection between officers and the people they serve. The book illustrates what the NYPD does – the technology, talent, and time that goes into keeping 8.6 million residents and nearly 63 million visitors a year safe.
"What I like most about these photos is that they capture such a wide array of the many functions of New York City's police," said Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "Because so much of it might seem routine to us in the moment. Because in that instant, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the gravity of a singular situation – or to maybe realize what a positive, lasting effect a simple interaction with a young person in an impoverished neighborhood might have on that boy or girl. There are images here of heartbreak and heroism, and of melancholy and surprising beauty. And every one of them freezes in time what it is that NYPD cops do better than anyone else, anywhere. I thank the New York City Police Foundation for its unparalleled support of our members, and photographer Mark Condren for directing his lens – and his talent – toward our cops. They deserve every bit of credit and attention he has afforded them."
"This book portrays a beautiful glimpse into the tireless work of NYPD police officers who keep New York City safe every single day. The New York City Police Foundation supports public safety initiatives that help strengthen the relationship between New Yorkers and law enforcement, and this book is a wonderful example of just that," said Susan Birnbaum, New York City Police Foundation President and CEO. "We are proud to support this effort and celebrate the work of the NYPD, and are grateful for the collaboration with Mark Condren who captured so many incredible images."
"Just as no words can fully describe the NYPD, no image could ever capture the scale and breadth of the work they do for New York City," said Mark Condren. "I have strived to record the authentic endeavors of the men and women who keep the public safe at any given hour and on any given day. These images have brought me closer to an understanding of what it means to be a cop in the city that never sleeps; I am truly humbled and thankful to have witnessed the commitment of New York's Finest first hand."
The New York City Police Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1971 by business and civic leaders to promote excellence in the NYPD and improve public safety in New York City. All donations support the efforts of the NYPD and the brave women and men who serve. By supporting innovative projects, this public-private partnership provides additional resources to help the NYPD transform the way policing is done in New York.
The Foundation's programs both help to fight crime and support the brave men and women of the NYPD. Some of the programs the Foundation's programs include:
Mark Conden hails from Castletownroche, County Cork, Ireland. He was the staff photographer with the Sunday Tribune, and is also affiliated with the Irish Independent. Mark was selected as the PPAI Photojournalist of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He also published The Guards: Behind the scenes with the men and women of An Garda Siochana.