NYPD Housing officers in the Bronx collaborated with the Throggs Neck Resident Council President, Monique Johnson, to host a domestic violence awareness workshop at a local community center. This event was the first of a month-long series organized by Council President Johnson. The series calls on various community partners to combat domestic violence, human trafficking, and child abuse.
Neighborhood coordination officers and Community Affairs Bureau Officers gathered in order to inform and empower some of the Bronx’s youngest residents. Sergeant Valdez, of Police Service Area 8, called upon his background as a detective in the NYPD’s Brooklyn Child Abuse Squad to give the event’s opening remarks:
“It was my privilege to kick off the Pulse Domestic Violence Workshop. Thanks to President Monique Johnson, we were able to bring awareness to domestic violence and child abuse. Together, with our community partners, we will continue to bring crime lower and lower.”
In his presentation, Sergeant Valdez spoke about common indicators of abuse and the many forms abuse can take. Sergeant Valdez reminded community members that they are not alone and that there are resources available to them.
Community Affairs Officers Ruiz and Kennedy worked with NYPD cadets to prepare a role play presentation for the workshop. The officers and cadets simulated a scenario where the police were called to deal with a domestic abuse incident. The goal of the scene was to give those in attendance a better understanding of how to reach out for help and what to expect from responding NYPD officers. Throughout the event, NYPD members provided attendees with information about outreach programs and services available for victims of abuse.