Bangladeshi American Police Association — Karam Chowdhury, President
Karam Chowdhury

Karam Chowdhury

Captain Karam Chowdhury has distinguished himself during his 15 years of law enforcement career. He was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States in 1993 at an early age. Capt. Chowdhury knew that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve the American dream. Capt. Chowdhury knew that being a minority would have its challenges in school and in the career he chose. He graduated from Newtown High School in 1998 and graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor degree in Science in 2002. Capt. Chowdhury always had a passion for helping people and added that into a profession by joining the New York City Police Department in 2005. During his carrier, Capt. Chowdhury was first assigned to the 115th Precinct as a police officer. 115th Precinct has a diverse neighborhood consisting of people of Hispanic and Asian origin. He was one of the very few Bangladeshis who joined the NYPD during that time frame. Very early on in Capt. Chowdhury’s career, he was involved in promoting his culture along with becoming the voice of underrepresented groups. Capt. Chowdhury knew that he had to get involved and attain higher ranks in NYPD to increase more diversity with in the police department. In 2013, he was one of the very first Bangladeshis to attain the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he patrolled the 48th Precinct. Capt. Chowdhury worked as the Desk Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Supervisor, and Special Projects Supervisor. Capt. Chowdhury was very passionate about his subordinates and he wanted to be a good Role model known for his hard work,honesty and integrity. He had motivated his subordinates to attain many ranks by passing civil service exams or by choosing the path to become Detectives. He used the challenges he faced and turned them into educational knowledge for others. Capt. Chowdhury knew he had to lead by example and in 2016 he became a Lieutenant. Being a Lieutenant, he faced many obstacles. He noticed that even though NYPD had many minority officers, the upper NYPD Executive Management needed to be more diversified. Many minority officers did not feel confident enough to pass the NYPD supervisor's test and needed help. Capt. Chowdhury became involved in helping those members of the NYPD to study. Because of his hard work, more than 30 police officers passed the NYPD supervisory civil service exam. Capt. Chowdhury became the voice for diversity and he knew that he had to become a Captain, not only for himself, but to pave the pathways for others. In November 2019, he was promoted to Captain. He is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the 114th Precinct. Capt. Chowdhury is happily married with one son.