(Anthony O’Reilly/Queens Chronicle)- To understand why the Police Department has rolled out the Neighborhood Coordination Officers program, one should to go back to 2014.
“There was upheaval all over the place,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan. “Thousands of people saying the most vile comments I’ve ever seen hurled at police officers. You had the Ferguson incident … Crime was down in the city, yet there was a divide between the cops and the community.”
That divide led to the assassination of Dets. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot in their squad car in Brooklyn.
The NYPD, Monahan said, had to find a way to boost the morale of its officers.
“Crime was going down, but they didn’t feel like they were a part of it,” the chief said. “We were a real top-down organization.”
Enter the Neighborhood Coordination Officer program, which dedicates two cops to the same sector every day in an effort to foster community-police relations.
“When you talk to the people who live in the communities where it is, they love it,” Monahan said.
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