Police Commissioner Ray Kelly received another honor Saturday night as he spends his last few days at the helm of the New York City Police Department.
A celebration was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church as Citywide Chaplains handed Kelly an honorary degree in humanities.
Kelly joked that the degree finally fulfilled his mother's wishes that he'd become a doctor.
He said that the recognition is symbolic of the entire police force's place in the city.
"It says something about the relationship that exists between the police and the community," he said. "Sometimes, you hear things that you would think might mean there's a schism between the police and the community. That's simply is not the case. Certainly not the case here."
Kelly's time as commissioner will wrap up with him overseeing the city's New Year's Eve festivities Tuesday night.