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Mr. Paul D’Emilia, Esq.
119 West 72nd Street, Suite 204
New York, New York 10023

Email: PDemilia@keriklegaltrust.com



  • U. S. Presidential Letter of Commendation,  (Heroism – President Ronald Reagan)
  • Appointed Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Royal Order of the British Empire (CBE), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Appointed Knight Commander, Military Constintenian Order of St. George
  • Golden Star Leadership Award, Los Angeles, California
  • Special Achievement Award, Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office, City of New York
  • Man of the Year Award, Honor Legion, Police Department – City of New York
  • Man of the Year Award, Detective’s Endowment Association, Police Department – City of New York
  • Brooklyn Law School, LELSA – “Man of the Year Award”
  • DEA Administrator's Award, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration  
  • Distinguished Person of the Year, NYC Correction Captains Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, New York Shields
  • Distinguished Service Award, New York City Retired Detective's Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Distinguished Service Award, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Dedication and Commitment Award, New York City Correction Officer’s Association
  • NYC Correction Guardians Association, President’s Appreciation Award
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (member and former member of Terrorism Committee)
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Board, St. John’s University (Former Member)
  • Detective’s Endowment Association, NYPD (Member)
  • Mayor’s Medal of Honor (Heroism – City of Paterson, New Jersey)
  • Mayor’s Meritorious Commendation  (Heroism – City of Passaic, New Jersey)
  • Medal of Merit, New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association (PBA – Heroism)
  • Medal of Valor, International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association
  • Police Department – City of New York  (30 medals for excellent, meritorious and heroic service)
    • The Medal for Valor
    • Honorable Mention
    • 5 Commendations
    • 10 Meritorious Police Duty
    • 13 Excellent Police Duty
  • New Jersey State PBA Silver Card  (Life Member)
  • Honor Legion, Police Department – City of New York (Member)
  • Honor Legion, State of New Jersey (Member)
  • National Council of Columbia Societies in Civil Service, Honorary Member
  • Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association of New York (Former Member and 2nd Vice President)
  • International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association (Member)
  • Vice Chairman, Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Council Law Enforcement Exploring Division
  • Michael John Buczek Foundation (Former Chair - Awards Committee)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Michigan State University
  • Honorary Doctorate, New York Institute of Technology
  • Honorary Doctorate, Manhattanville College
  • Honorary Doctorate, College of New Rochelle
  • Honorary Doctorate, Iona College
  • A 5th Degree Master Instructor in the Martial Arts, Korean and Japanese Karate
  • The Centurion Black Belt Hall of Fame

Tributes and Headlines

“You are an inspiration to all of us”
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Blacks, Latinos hail Kerik was Best Commish bar none”.
The New York Daily News

“One of most accomplished and effective leaders of law enforcement in America”
President George W. Bush

Under Kerik’s Command of the NYPD “Crime show the biggest drop in five years’.
The New York Times

“A hero to New York City and to our country”.
Rudolph W. Giuliani

”Kerik’s “Iron hand dramatically reduces violence on Rikers”.
The New York Times

“America is lucky to have a patriot such as yourself”
His Majesty King Abdullah II, Kingdom of Jordan

“Kerik, a comic book hero come to life”
The New York Times

“A true leader and hero for the people of my country”
Ahmed Khadim Ibrahim, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations for Iraq

“He was born to Protect and Serve” and “The Man that tamed Rikers Island”
The New York Post

“An excellent Police Commissioner and Courageous Leader on 9/11”
Rudolph W. Giuliani

Accomplishments Under His Command

Police Department – City of New York

  • 4.3% Reduction in Murder (66.7 % In Mayor Giuliani’s 8 Year Term)
  • 12.2% Reduction in Major Felony Crimes (62.5% In Mayor Giuliani’s 8 Year Term)
  • 74% Reduction in Felony Shootings
  • 16% Reduction in Response Times (First Decrease in 10 Years)
  • 11% Increase in Gun Seizures
  • 13% Reduction in Officer Shootings
  • Re-Organized the Gang Division
  • Revised a Stop and Frisk Policy to Flag Civil Rights Abuses
  • Re-Organized the Criminal Intelligence Division, merging all NYPD data bases in addition to intelligence by the FBI, DEA and other federal agencies
  • Overseeing the NYPD response to the attacks of 9/11
  • Enhanced Community Relations and Officer Morale
  • Managed a $3.2 Billion Dollar Budget

New York City Department of Correction (Rikers Island)

  • 94% Reduction in Inmate Violence (Slashing and Stabbings)
  • 72% Reduction in Serious Use of Force Incidents
  • 33% Reduction in Overtime Spending
  • 31% Reduction in Staff Sick Abuse
  • 48% Reduction in Assaults on Staff
  • 164% Increase in Searches Conducted
  • 50% Increase in Weapons Seized
  • Established TEAMS, a performance measurement and accountability system, a finalist in Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government award program
  • Reduced Federal Court Ordered Consent Decrees
  • Managed a $900 Million Dollar Budget
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