Raymond Kelly, former police commissioner of New York City, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Officials can reduce violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson by releasing all available details about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Kelly said. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE- In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly responds to a question about his department's stop-and-frisk policy, during a news conference at police headquarters, in New York. Kelly, who leaves his post at the end of the year, says the high points of his career are the record crime reductions and the fact the city has avoided another terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 16: Raymond Kelly attends the 2014 East Hampton Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on August 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 16: Raymond Kelly and Lori Singer attends the 2014 East Hampton Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on August 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
Raymond Kelly attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 16: Ray Kelly (L) attends Apollo in the Hamptons at The Creeks on August 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Joy Philbin, Regis Philbin, Katie Couric and Ray Kelly attend 'Magic In The Moonlight' premiere after party at Harlow on July 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attends the Vanity Fair Party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Ray Kelly attends The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: CEO of Lionheart Capital Ophir Sternberg, Martha Stewart, Ray Kelly and Jason Binn attend Martha Stewart Celebrates South Beach Wine And Food Festival With DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn And Lee Brian Schrager At The Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach Residences on February 21, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for DuJour)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attends the 2013 CitySightseeing New York holiday toy drive at PAL's Harlem Center on December 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Raymond 'Ray' Kelly attends Police Athletic League's 25th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attends The 2013 New York Police and Fire Widows' And Children's Benefit Fund at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly attends the 68th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on October 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Veronica Kelly attend the Broadway opening night of 'A Time To Kill' at The Golden Theatre on October 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the media during a news conference at One Police Plaza in New York. Kelly, who presided over a steady decline in crime rates, but also faced criticism about law enforcement conduct, has a book deal. Hachette Book Group plans a 2015 release for the currently untitled memoir. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, right, shakes hands with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly during a visit to police headquarters in downtown Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in New York. Sommaruga and her delegation spoke with various NYPD department heads on initiatives to combat human trafficking and child pornography. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, is greeted by New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at the 12 anniversary observance of the terroristâs attacks on the World Trade Center, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Chris Pedota, Pool)
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, right, hugs a friend at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, speaks while Police Commissioner Ray Kelly looks on during a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. A U.S. judge has appointed a monitor to oversee the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-search policy, saying it intentionally discriminates based on race and has violated the rights of tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
FILE - This April 26, 2013 file photo shows New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as he uses a sketch drawing during a press briefing, in New York. Kelly is by all accounts the most popular political figure in New York City who is not running for mayor. But when asked, his answer is always the same: I'm focusing on my job with the police department and have no plans to run. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, who presided over a dramatic drop in crime rates during a long and sometimes controversial tenure as head of the country's largest force, has a book deal.
Hachette Books told The Associated Press on Sunday that Kelly is working on a memoir that will come out in the Fall 2015. The book is currently untitled.
"I have had the honor of serving my city and my country, and now Hachette has presented me with an enormous opportunity to share my story, my thoughts on the challenges faced by law enforcement, and my years in public service," Kelly said in a statement issued through Hachette. "Over five decades, New York City and America have changed dramatically, and perhaps I have some perspective on that."
According to Hachette, Kelly will cover his decades in law enforcement and offer advice on leadership. He will discuss his relationship with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other government officials and will take on criticisms he faced, including for the monitoring of Muslims and for the department's "stop-and-frisk" policy, which a judge ruled last year sometimes discriminated against minorities.
"The memoir will detail his transformation of the NYPD into a unique counterterrorism and crime-reducing force after the 9/11 attacks, as well as the 16 thwarted terrorist attempts foiled during his tenure," Hachette announced. "Commissioner Kelly will offer lessons, address criticisms, and candidly discuss the many challenges and controversies that he encountered along the way. Readers will also learn how a street-fighting kid from the gritty streets of New York's old Upper West Side became an internationally respected figure."
Kelly, 73, was the city's longest-serving police commissioner and the first to serve non-consecutive terms, the latter running from 2002-2013. He was an independent who has worked under both Democrats and Republicans, including former President Bill Clinton as the head of customs. He is currently a consultant for ABC News and president of risk management services at Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm.
Financial terms were not revealed for the memoir. Kelly was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients include President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Several publishers were interested and Hachette acquired the book after a 5-day auction.