New York’s Finest from Staten Island’s 120 Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officer Program took to the blacktop last week for the First Annual NYPD Vs. P.S. 16 Community Kickball Challenge. The day was filled with smiles and laughter, but most importantly the officers and kids were connecting with each other, strengthening relationships.
The need for new methods to close the gap between cops and the communities they serve had become increasingly obvious in recent years. Typically, hard-working, law-abiding New Yorkers would only get to know the cops in their community through the lens of public spectacle and negative media attention. With that in mind, the NYPD has been systematically restructuring its patrol model. Chief of Department James O’Neill’s comprehensive Neighborhood Policing Plan (NPP) is helping New York City residents get to know cops in a brand new way.