“La nueva Jara” composed of Uniformed members of service was formed in 2015.
In the late 1980’s the nypd hispanic society formed a band called "La Jara" which is slang for "the Police." Although they only lasted for a few years their legacy lived on. Over 20 years later while at 1 police plaza’s annual Hispanic heritage ceremony an outside salsa band was performing. Alexander, a police cadet at the time, was working that detail. He decided to jump up on stage and join them. It was there where the idea of creating an all MOS band grew.
Alexander, now a lieutenant, with the help of the society, contacted various members of the service including Sergeant Denny Inirio and Officer Cely Decolongon who were both prior cadets with him, Officer Leonardo Manosalvas (a childhood friend), Officer Ralph lopez, Officer Edwin Gomez, and Auxilliary officer Expedito Valdez. Shortly there after "la jara" was reestablished. In order to continue the legacy the band decided to adapt the same name. Their first all "MOS” performance was in 2015 in the Hispanic societies Gala. This served as an opportunity for the band to expand and incorporate other talented Uniformed members such as Officer Cynthia Perdomo, Officer Tommy Fernandez, Sergeant Andre Rodriguez, Officer Ray Sorianco, Traffic Enforcement agent Aris Eguero and Officer Daniel Arboleda.
The band also shared stages with Commissioner Garcia, also a great singer. Recently the band made history performing with non-other than Sherriff Sergeant for the Westchester County PD and Salsa icon Willie Colon at 1 Police Plaza. Now a well-established band they have represented the department in key events such as the Puerto Rican Day parade, Dominican day parade and Hispanic heritage ceremonies. La Jara has served as another way of reaching the community as well as motivating many to join the greatest Police Department in the world.