This past Friday, February 24, the New York Police Department held a promotion ceremony that included the furtherance of three Jewish police officers. Phil Weisbord, President of the department’s Shomrim Society, and Joshua Zucker, Second Vice President of the fraternal organization for Jewish NYPD members were announced as detectives. For the past seven years, Weisbord has served the community on the NYPD in various roles including patrol, counterterrorism, and investigations, and joined the Shomrim Society in 2019. Zucker joined the NYPD in 2015 and worked patrol in Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct until being assigned to the Forensic Investigation Division’s Latent Print Section in the Summer of 2021. He joined the board of the NYPD Shomrim Society in 2017.

Igor Pinkhasov, Commanding Officer of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, was advanced to Inspector status. Pinkhasov, a 1996 Bukharian immigrant to the United States from Turkestan, Kazakhstan, has since developed a resume of excellence in service to the people of New York City, beginning as a cadet in 2002 at the precinct he now commands. Pinkhasov’s promotion stands a landmark in the Russian-speaking NYPD community, showcasing unlimited potential for fellow self-sacrificing first-generation Russian immigrant officers, and the evolving Bukharian community centrally based in Queens.

 By Shabsie Saphirstein