Just For a Day, Bronx Teen Promoted to NYPD Commish

Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

Sixteen-year-old Samantha Marie Medina won the "Police Commissioner For A Day" contest for an essay she submitted about ending gang and gun violence.

The junior at Saint Catherine Academy in the Bronx topped more than 100 other essayists in the competition.

"I was shocked when I got it," said a smiling Medina. "I didn't expect that because last year I had won for the 49th Precinct. So this was like a big promotion for me, so I was really happy."

After sitting at NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's desk -- which once belonged to President Theodore Roosevelt -- Medina took questions from reporters and expressed one more hope she had on her big day.

"I wouldn't mind riding in another police car," she said.

Kelly said the two-and-a-half-page plan Medina outlined in her essay was "very detailed."

"I thought (it) was terrific," he said. "I'm gonna send that to our planners to take a look at it and examine more closely. Very well done. Very thoughtful. Very analytical."

Medina, who said it took her three or four hours to write, said she hopes to become a lawyer.

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