Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Captain El-Amin Retires

Flashing lights and sirens Wednesday highlighted a traditional farewell for police retirees, but this time the event was unique.

A crowd of about 50 officers and well-wishers gathered to await Captain Siddeeq El-Amin's exit from police headquarters. One of three captains faced with demotion to lieutenant for budgetary reasons, El-Amin decided to forego a planned terminal leave and go out as a captain rather than take the demotion.

Plaintalker reported on El-Amin's decision earlier this year and recounted highlights of his 30 years with the Plainfield Police Division.

As people applauded and recorded the event, El-Amin began a round of farewell handshakes and hugs with Emergency Management official Sheldon Green.
Captain Ruth Selzam, one of three who will remain at that rank, gets a big hug as Captain Steven Soltys looks on. Soltys and Captain Edward Santiago (the division's last police chief before the title was abolished) are the other two remaining captains.

Daughter Mahasin, who is a police officer, embraces her dad as granddaughter Imani looks on.
Faheemah El-Amin, a former City Council member, poses for the cameras with her husband.

Daughter Bayyinah records the ceremony for family memories.

Asked whether he will be doing teaching, consulting or other law-enforcement related activities in retirement, El-Amin said, "All of the above." He is also on the board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Imani strikes a pose - is she thinking of following the family footsteps into law enforcement?
All the best to Captain El-Amin and his family and thanks for all their service to the City of Plainfield.
--Bernice Paglia


Blogger Rob said...

Such a pleasure to see to see such happy faces in Plainfield !! Best of luck to him...

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two happiest days of my life in Plainfield was my first day of work there and my last day of work

10:24 PM  
Blogger Professor R. Williams said...


That photo of Siddeeq coming out of the door and pointing at you with your camera is absolutely PRECIOUS! I just LOVE that pic!

Best wishes to CAPTAIN El-Amin on his retirement!


12:23 AM  
Blogger rita said...

Wishing the Best of peaceful, happy days for a wonderful "Mensch"!
from a friend, retired -23 years- Clinton school educator, Rita Goldstein It's a Commencement i. e. New Beginnings

4:05 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Capt. El-Amin had a tremendous impact on the Plainfield Police department.He was not only a dedicated civic servant but a true gentleman.Once again Plainfield Politics and public interests clash.

10:05 AM  

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