The New York City Police Department gathered with the Muslim community Tuesday for the department's annual pre-Ramadan conference in Lower Manhattan.
The NYPD's Muslim Advisory Council took part in the One Police Plaza event before one of the most important holidays in Islam.
The group was formed last year to help improve relations between police and the city's growing Muslim population.
"We don't pursue diversity for its own sake. We do it because it makes us a better, stronger, a fairer police department, one that can work successfully with the community to fight crime," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Crime is down by 3 percent this year, by 35 percent compared to 2001, and last year we saw the fewest number of homicides in New York City since at least 1960."
The commissioner also unveiled a new training video created to teach officers about the Muslim faith.