by Ron Lee
Overarching Message at NYPD Outreach Event in Harlem: We need
to Work Together
New York- As part of his vision for the near future the NYPD's newly
appointed Chief of Community Affairs says community gatherings, such as
basketball games involving the NYPD and teenagers at a local park, will
become a fixture.
Chief Jeffrey Maddrey says it's part of his plan to create a bond between
police officers and members of the communities - to work together to protect
their community. I think these are things we have to continue to do, on a
wider scale and on a much more daily basis communities and police officers
and young people working together to keep them safe and keep them actively
engaged Maddrey said.
After officers spent four hours Thursday afternoon engaging in sports and other
activities with the communitiy at Colonel Young Playground in Harlem.
Chief Maddrey held a town hall meeting with residents who've have fed up
the recent rise in gun violence.In recent times I haven't left the house at nightime
because of it" said Kioka Jackson 25th Precint Community Council President.
Jackson believes a greater level of community involvement, coupled with
community policing an open dialogue with police., are important first steps
to taking abck their community. We have to stop thinking in anger and start
thinking in love. How does that work? I don't know but we need to have that
conversation readily. Jackson said.
The NYPD's Community Affairs division is also urging more faith based
leaders to encourage residents to take charge..