Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) from the 83 Precinct spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day building mini libraries with students from Williamsburg High School for Architect and Design. Once completed, the free mini libraries will be filled with books and placed in front of precincts throughout Brooklyn for residents to enjoy.
Before they began building the libraries, Neighborhood Coordination Officers Atherley and Romero spent time getting to know the students and answering any questions they had about policing. They also addressed the importance of reading and how they can work together to combat illiteracy. Using materials provided by NYC Together and Little Free Libraries, the officers and students constructed the libraries for people who do not have access to books. As a Neighborhood Coordination Officer, Police Officer Atherley believes spending time with kids in the neighborhood is a great way to build a better future for the cops and residents of the 83 Precinct:
“I think it’s important to bond with the kids now more than ever. They are our future and the impressions we leave on them today will affect the state of policing in our communities for years to come.”
Police Officers Atherley and Romero already have plans to visit the school again in the coming weeks to check up on the students and paint the libraries. Police Officer Atherley hopes that once the library is installed at the 83 Precinct, it will encourage local residents to come inside and get to know their local cops.