Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants police officers to build trust with the public by having them treat New Yorkers with respect by implementing a seven-point plan to improve police-community relations. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
“We owe it to you to have your back. We owe it to you to support you and you have my full support,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio says big changes are coming to the police department, ones that he says build on police commissioner Bill Bratton's order to officers not to break the law to enforce the law.
He wants to improve the relationship between officers and the communities they patrol.
The mayor has long said that trust between the police and New Yorkers eroded as the number of stop and frisk incidents in the city soared under Mayor Bloomberg.
"We are committed to an approach to policing that’s tough, that's fair, that always respects the law," said de Blasio.
The next step is incorporating a seven-point plan into police officer training that instructs officers about how to properly interact with the public.
The mayor says he expects officers, whenever possible, to politely introduce themselves and provide their name and rank. And he wants them to actively listen to New Yorkers. He is asking them to keep an open mind about the information they are getting. And to be patient with the people they are dealing with. The mayor wants the police to help the public connect with city services that might be available to them and to make every effort to help people who have asked for help. And he is asking that every encounter, whenever possible, end on a positive note.
"These are the kinds of things that will continue to deepen our efforts to keep the city safe and to build that deep partnership between police and community," said de Blasio.
The mayor says he wants a city where New Yorkers partner with the police and give them the information and help they need to keep the city safe.