Ray Kelly to Join Foreign Policy Think-Tank

NEW YORK (Reuters) -

Ray Kelly will join a prestigious foreign policy think-tank based in New York when he steps down later this month as the longest serving commissioner in NYPD history.

Kelly will become a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the group said in a statement Monday.

“Ray Kelly spearheaded the modernization of the New York Police Department,” CFR President Richard Haass said. “The result is that crime is down and the NYPD’s counterterrorism capabilities are second to none. We are excited and proud to have his experience, expertise, and judgment at the Council.”

Kelly’s work at CFR will complement a contract he signed earlier this month to give highly-paid speeches with Greater Talent Network, whose roster of former law enforcement officials includes Louis Freeh, a former FBI head.

In a field where the average U.S. police commissioner serves only several years, Kelly has spent the past 12 years radically transforming the department in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.