NEW YORK — This Hispanic Heritage Month, CBS2 is highlighting a gaggle of NYPD officers who’re utilizing music to elevate their platform and connect with these they’ve pledged to defend and serve.
They are New York’s Finest and they’re additionally members of La Jara Band.
“The idea was to start something that’s never been done before, which is to use this as a tool to unite the people and the police. So that’s how it started,” Capt. Alexander Cedillo instructed CBS2’s Thalia Perez on Tuesday.
Cedillo fashioned the band in 2013, and when he isn’t busy at work on the 62nd Precinct, he is on the keyboard or singing.
“The beauty of La Jara is that since we have members from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico. We’re able to bring all those genres together and learn from each other,” Cedillo mentioned.
So the place did the identify La Jara band come from? Cedillo says after NYPD Officer O’Hara
“And when he would come they would get scared, so they would say ‘ahi viene O’Hara,'” Cedillo mentioned.
Which meant ‘Officer O’Hara is coming’ and so advanced the Spanish avenue identify for cops through the Nineteen Seventies. Through music, although, Capt. Cedillo says that picture of cops is altering.
“We also reach the community and then talk to them about the department, talk to them about the police, about the importance of communication amongst us. That’s what makes it great,” Cedillo mentioned.
La Jara Band members are all volunteers and play as a group service. That means there isn’t any money exchanged for his or her performances.
“I’ve been playing guitar for about 17 years and I started playing in church,” member Cristian Guity mentioned.
Live-streaming their performances has generated an enormous international following of greater than 100,000 followers on social media.
“When you’re doing something from the bottom of your heart, something that you love, only good things can come out of that, you know?” band member Edwin Gomez mentioned.