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Meet EAC Network’s 50th Anniversary Gala Honorees

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To celebrate half a century of service, EAC Network’s Golden Anniversary Gala will recognize our rich history and celebrate our future. At this exclusive event, we are honoring two Long Island leaders in public safety: the police commissioners of Nassau and Suffolk counties. Learn a little bit about these two influential Long Islanders before you join us at Fox Hollow on November 20.

Anniversary Gala Honorees Represent Long Island’s Finest

At our 50th Anniversary gala, EAC Network is celebrating two public officials who embody our mission: to Empower, Assist and Care for those in need. Commissioners Patrick J. Ryder and Geraldine Hart, this year’s honorees, are local leaders who are dedicated to serving the community.

Patrick J. Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner

Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, is being honored this year for his contributions to public safety.

Anniversary Gala honoree Patrick J. Ryder

Currently Nassau’s “top cop,” Ryder has worked in law enforcement for more than 35 years. During his lengthy career, Ryder has served in many different capacities. In the Nassau County Police Department, Ryder rose through the ranks to become Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit. In this role, he implemented life-saving programs and initiatives to ensure officer and public safety, including:

  • NCPD’s Real-Time Intelligence (RTI) system
  • The R.E.A.C.H. Program, a registry that ensures law enforcement has vital information available to them should a person with a cognitive impairment go missing
  • The Civilian Intelligence Analyst Program
  • The Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team, which utilizes intelligence-lead policing to combat crime

With Ryder’s assistance, these initiatives have brought crime down to historic lows in Nassau County, allowing residents to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the United States.

Geraldine Hart, Suffolk County Police Commissioner

For its Golden Anniversary Gala, EAC Network is also honoring Geraldine Hart, the first woman to become Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department.

Anniversary Gala honoree Geraldine Hart

Before taking over the SCPD in 2018, Hart was a supervisor in the Long Island office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specializing in organized crime.

During her 21-year FBI career, Hart helped to dismantle organized crime enterprises, such as the Lucchese crime family. She also helped to build cases against two former NYPD detectives who secretly acted as associates of the mafia.

For her work fighting organized crime, Hart was awarded the Office of Inspector General’s Integrity Award and the United States Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the highest FBI honor.

Both Hart and Ryder will be honored as part of EAC Network’s 50th Anniversary Gala on November 20, 2019. Register today to join us at Fox Hollow in Woodbury.

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