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Breaking News! Community Policing & Catholic Charities

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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The NYPD announced details last week of its new neighborhood policing strategy, reports ABC News 7.

Hundreds more beat cops are working in neighborhoods where violence continues to dominate.

Eddie Silverio, director of Catholic Charities Community Services Alianza Youth Services, joined Mayor Bill DeBlasio and others to speak about their joint work in Washington Heights.

“We continue to improve communication between youth and the police department,” Mr. Silverio says.

These 1,300 new officers aren't just extra bodies, they're the start of a new proactive approach to policing that involves you as a team player!

The pilot program rolled out in the 34th Precinct a little over a month ago and already crime statistics are going down. It's a trend local  leaders hope will now continue city wide. It's a bold new strategic plan local leaders believe will give a much needed edge to the NYPD in the ongoing fight against crime. 1,300 additional officers are not only targeting problem areas but building real relationships with everyday people to forge a united front. In Washington Heights where the new plan has already been executed, officers at a community meeting Thursday night encouraged neighbors to get more involved. "We are now doing a bottom up approach where an officer knows the community, the community knows the officer, we stop the problem many cases before it even happens," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Called "One City Safe and Fair Everywhere" Mayor De Blasio along with Commissioner Bratton laid out the details of the new policing framework, which also entails additional training so officers can better engage and activate the communities they serve.

Watch the live event on ABC News 7.

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