NYPD Officers Create Special Coins To Raise Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are often called to scenes of domestic violence, and now they’re trying to help victims in a new way.

Those who have served in the military or law enforcement likely know about the coins that are traded, swapped and collected by officers.

As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported, the newest challenge coin was just created by Lt. Neil O’Keeffe and Sgt. Frank Maiello, from the NYPD’s domestic violence unit. They wanted to sell the coins to raise money for the families most in need who have experienced domestic abuse.

Each officer designed a side of the coin.

O’Keeffe was inspired by the iconic statue in the lobby of police headquarters.

“It just shows you a policeman protecting a small child, and you have the NYPD police flag and the you have American flag. It says ‘domestic violence unit, keeping family safe,’” he told Hsu.

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