NYPD Executives & Queens Clergy Come Together to Discuss Neighborhood Policing

More than 150 clergy and community leaders gathered in the New Jerusalem Worship Center for the fifth and final clergy round table discussion that featured NYPD top executives sharing information on a diverse range of topics including neighborhood policing, engagement initiatives, and NYPD training.

The purpose of the event was for the NYPD to proactively interact with clergy and community leaders and to discuss how the Department is working to keep all New Yorkers safe.

“Neighborhood Policing is New York’s new style of policing that started three years ago. It’s about crime-fighting and it’s about bringing the public and police together as partners,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

The following two programs and initiatives were discussed at length during the event:

TRAINING: Deputy Commissioner of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tracie Keesee addressed NYPD training initiatives for both recruits and veteran officers, including the redirection of the recruit curriculum towards more hands-on, scenario-based instruction at the new Police Academy and the field training for Police Academy graduates out in the neighborhoods and interacting with community members. She also outlined the unprecedented three-day in-service training for veteran police officers in managing enforcement encounters, de-escalation techniques, achieving voluntary compliance, and tactical methods for taking resisting suspects into custody with as little chance of injury as possible to the suspect or the officer.

NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING PLAN: Chief of Department Terence Monahan discussed the Neighborhood Policing Plan, in place this year in over 50 precincts and PSAs throughout the city. The plan is a re-invention of the police patrol function, restoring the patrol officer to roles of problem solver and community guardian, who knows the neighborhood and works closely with residents, and giving the officers the time each day to play these roles effectively. It assigns the same officers to the same sectors on the same tours, helping the cops to know the neighborhood and the neighborhood to know the cops. The plan also provides two neighborhood coordinating officers (NCOs) in each sector, leading the way on community connection, problem solving, and crime fighting.