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Edward D. Reuss
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The new  Retiree Mobilization Plan (RMP) has been launched by the NYPD.  On October 25, 2005, at 1800 hours, the first briefing was held in the auditorium at One Police Plaza.  I attended the briefing as a registered volunteer along with hundreds of other retired members of the NYPD.  The auditorium was filled to capacity and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was obviously pleased with such a positive response. The retirees had all previously registered online on the new “actively retired” website which is accessible at www.nypd2.org/retirement/home.html   Once registered, retirees who wish to place their names in the volunteer database can enter their profile into the secure database.  They will then be contacted about the RMP program.
Once registered, volunteer members will have access to a secure website for information about any current mobilization.

The retirees were welcomed and after registering and presenting their NYPD Identification cards, they were issued the new RMP identity card which will be required when responding to assigned mobilization points.  The retirees also were issued some basic equipment to identify them when they respond during major emergencies.

PC Ray Kelly with Captain Theresa Tobin welcomes the RMP retirees at One Police Plaza
Photo by NY Cop Online Magazine

 PC Ray Kelly welcomed the retirees and addressed them about the new program.  He stressed that the RMP program will divide volunteers into “cohorts” with similar skills. Those with specialized skills such as former ESU members, EMT, harbor, aviation, as well as investigative and supervisory backgrounds will be advised to report to future briefings and drills.  The Commissioner stressed how important the new RMP plan will be to the Department.

PC Ray Kelly greeting the hundreds of retirees at the RMP Briefing at One Police Plaza
Photo by NY Cop Online Magazine

Chief of Personnel Rafael Pineiro welcomed the retirees and after opening remarks,
Deputy Chief George W. Anderson, Exec Officer of the Personnel Bureau addressed  the retirees and explained the workings of the RMP plan.  The members were advised of the procedures to report during major emergencies.

Captain Francis Darsillo, Intelligence Division then explained the Operation Nexus and how the operations desk processes reports called into the Terrorism Hotline, 1-888-NYC-SAFE (1-888-692-7233).  He stressed how calls received from retired members are given special attention because of their life experience as police officers.   Captain Darsillo estimated that the audience of retirees represented many thousands of years of police experience that the NYPD could now tap into.

During a question and answer period, the issue was raised regarding  retired members of the former Transit and Housing Departments who retired prior to the merger with the NYPD.  Chief Anderson responded that those members are also sought as volunteers, however, due to technical issues that are being resolved, those members will be able to register online in the near future.

The ability to quickly notify members ot the RMP to mobilize and respond requires that members have a phone number and if possible an email address.  The reason is that when the Police Commissioner orders a mobilization of retirees, a “blast” phone call and email will be sent out. 

To get into the database of volunteers, remember, you register with the “actively retired” website www.nypd2.org/retirement/home.html  


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