Our company's foundation is based on the knowledge, expertise, and vision of Sanford D. Garelik, who served as Chief of the New York City Police Department, President of the New York City Council and Chief of the New York City Transit Police Department. Sanford is considered a true revolutionary during his six decades in law enforcement. He pioneered numerous innovations and reforms that helped to create modern police, law enforcement and intelligence practices.
Sanford scored in the top 1% of all the applicants and was accepted into the Police Academy where he became a member of the legendary Class of June 5, 1940. This 300-member class was the first class in the history of the Police Department that wasn’t predominantly Irish, and it possessed the highest number of lawyers, doctors, accountants, and professionals in the history of the New York City Police Department. The class also produced a Police Commissioner, a Chief Inspector (Sanford), an assistant Chief Inspector, and the first female police officer to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and above.
In February 1966, under newly elected Mayor John V. Lindsay, at the age of 47, Sanford became both the Department’s youngest and its first Jewish Chief Inspector (now named Chief of Department). In 1969, he was named the NYPD’s Shomrim’s Society Man of the Year. That same year, Sanford was named the Grand Marshall of the Israeli Day parade, an honor he shared with then Israeli General and future Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
His contribution to law enforcement and his commitment to education are remembered and now honored by the NYPD’s Captain’s Endowment Association where scholarships are given each year in his name. In addition, Sanford’s legacy in law enforcement is honored by the New Jersey State Police where funding is provided in his name to support the families of State Troopers who have lost a family member in the line of duty.