From Victim, Police Cadet, and NYPD Officer: The Journey of Raveena Ramotar’s Life and Career

On March 16, 2012, 18-year-old Raveena Ramotar’s life significantly changed when her and her family were victims of a home invasion. As she made her way to the shower, she heard something that didn’t sound quite right. “Call the cops!” a family member screamed as she was about to hop into her bathtub.

Sensing that something was terribly wrong, she quickly rushed into her bathtub and called 911 to inform the police that her family is being held at gunpoint in their living room, as she hid going unnoticed by the perpetrators. Soon after, helicopters, a K9 unit, SWAT team, and about 60 police officers swarmed her house trying to save the lives of everyone inside the Ozone Park home that night. Her heroic actions didn’t go unnoticed. The NYPD was extremely impressed by the way she was able to keep herself cool and collected, while on the phone with the 911 operator, and how brave she was to jump out of her two story bathroom window in order to get out of the house and into the neighbor’s yard in time to notify them what was going on inside. She saved her entire family that night from being massacred in their own home, and it has drastically changed the way Raveena will view her life from here on out.

Raveena’s Queensborough Community College graduation in 2014.

Since that tragic night, she made a decision to take her career path into a direction that will be beneficial to saving others, as well as putting her skills to good use. The theater arts major decided to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice with the intentions of majoring in criminal justice. Five years later, she became a police cadet for the NYPD at the 106th police precinct in Ozone Park where her duties consisted mostly of handling paperwork and complaint reports. Her $15.63 an hour job was just what she needed in order to get some exposure into the real life of a police officer.

“A police cadet is a civilian member of the NYPD,” Ramotar said. “This means we uphold the constitution just like police officers do. It gives you a little taste into the life of being an officer and the duties it entails. Cadets don’t get to carry any weapons or give summons though. When I was lucky enough, some of the officers I worked with allowed me to come along with them for rides, so I can get a glimpse of what I was going to be doing very soon after.”

Since her position of a police cadet in 2017, she has upgraded to officially becoming an NYPD officer on January of 2018, and has recently passed her examination for becoming a gun user on February 16, 2018.

Police commissioner (right) and first deputy commissioner (left) giving Raveena Ramotar her certification for completing the Cadet Corps.

Raveena says that her job has changed a lot since becoming a cop in such a short amount of time.

“Now as a cop, once I graduate the academy I’ll be driving myself and my partner around. I’ll be arresting people, giving out summons’, etc. Even though I’m still in the police academy, technically by law, I’m still a police officer. My official title while in the academy is Probationary Police Officer.” Ramotar said.

She has also passed her gun examination, but she is still not allowed to carry a firearm on her job as yet. She still has to make sure she properly knows how to use one before she is granted the privilege of having a gun in her possession. That is something that is extremely important to the NYPD. There has been debate on whether or not police officers are abusing their rights to fire their weapons, but Raveena shares her end of the spectrum in the life of being a cop and seeing firsthand how her colleagues treat every situation they are put in with the utmost care and with society’s best interest in mind.

Raveena (the second female from the right) with the police commissioner and future colleagues of the NYPD.

“I think that majority of police officers are using their firearms wisely.” Ramotar says. “You should see how strict they are at the gun range when it comes to gun safety. Yes, you see the ones in the media that don’t, but how many other officers are you not seeing on the news? That one officer that you may see on the news the morning before you go to work does not define all police officers and anyone who thinks they do is a brainwashed fool. Saying all cops are the same is like saying all Muslims are terrorists, all whites are racist, and all blacks are criminals. It’s just not true!”

Raveena completing her four years of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; class of 2017.

Raveena is beyond excited to see what this new chapter in her life is going to offer, and she couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the men and women in blue, who risk their lives every day to keep citizens safe. What started off as a horrible life threatening home invasion ended up being the trail to lead her career path, and she couldn’t be more humbled by the experience of doing good for New York City.

 

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Baker by Day, Law Student by Night

A local college student from Queens, NY, creates a baking business from her home. John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s 21 year-old student makes extra cash by creating baked goods for her local South Richmond Hill, Queens, community.

 

“My name is Feeona Amerally, and I’m 21 years old. I’m currently finishing my last semester at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with a major in criminal justice and minor in law. I started baking after watching my mom do it all the time. I started to pick up my skill in baking at around 16 years old. I only recently started to go public because I am home most of the time. I only go to school two days a week and I decided to start because I’m going to go to law school soon, and I wanted some extra cash. I said to myself why not do something that isn’t hard for me, and my boyfriend actually told me to give it a try. My parents don’t want me to work and go to school, so this was good because I was home a lot, and baked on my free time. I also don’t like to be bossed around or told what to do, so this was perfect! I can bake Guyanese style cakes and pastries. I specialize in chocolate covered Oreos, strawberries, pretzels and cake pops. I’ve baked for weddings, birthdays and baby showers. I created an Instagram page entitled “sweetsbyfee” in order to get my small baking business the jump start that it needs. I’m just a struggling college student trying to make some extra money by baking my way through the hearts and stomachs of my customer’s one cupcake at a time!”

(Queens, New York)

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Freedom Tower: We’re Still Standing

The Freedom Tower: The city that stands strong for freedom that is lifelong. Despite one of the most well known terror attacks in NYC, the One World Trade Center towers over the city of dreams as a symbol of strength and oneness. 

 

 

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