Safe and Fair - Everywhere: Will it work?

AmNews Staff Reports | 6/25/2015, 10:50 p.m.
With the addition of 1,300 more cops on the street, a new plan by the mayor and the police commissioner ...
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Brooklyn Borough President and former police officer Eric Adams said in statement that community policing works. Over the last year and half he’s met with de Blasio and Bratton about the issue.

"The NYPD has long suffered from a public relations crisis in the communities they police, leading to neighborhood mistrust, declining officer morale, and unnecessary obstacles to making New Yorkers safer,” Adams said. “By actively engaging police officers with community residents, handling local concerns and connecting with City services, we can change the paradigm of what policing is for the better.”

While the One City: Safe and Fair – Everywhere might sound promising, some are skeptical about whether or not it will quell tensions between the police and the community.

Community for United Police Reform (CPR) spokeswoman Priscilla Gonzalez said that while CPR appreciates the mayor and commissioner’s desired approach, there are still many questions.

“The mayor pointed to a new "neighborhood policing" approach as moving away from being ‘top-down’ and towards a more ‘grassroots’ oriented approach, yet communities and so many of the groups that devote themselves to uplifting them have not been meaningfully engaged in the development of this plan. In what was unveiled, the mechanisms for how communities engage in development, implementation and evaluation in a significant way is unclear,” said Gonzalez.