Hassidic police officer in New York promoted to sergeant

In addition to regular police duties, he sometimes goes undercover in his full hassidic garb to catch unsuspecting thieves.

By JTA
September 8, 2014 08:40
New York Police Department

Sgt. Joel Witriol, NYPD's highest-ranked hassid.. (photo credit: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)

A hassidic New York Police Department officer was promoted to sergeant, making him the department’s highest-ranking Hassid ever.

Joel Witriol of Brooklyn attended Friday’s promotion ceremony in traditional hassidic garb, according to the New York Post.

His Sabbath observance will be accommodated at his new post in the 13th Precinct in Manhattan.

Witriol joined the force in 2006 at age 24, becoming the first hassidic officer, the Post reported. He started as a volunteer auxiliary officer in 2003.

His brother also is a member of the NYPD, which has many Jewish officers but few Hassidim, according to the NY1 television station.

In addition to regular police duties, he sometimes goes undercover dressed in his full hassidic garb to catch unsuspecting thieves.



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