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Plan Unveiled to Increase Communication Between NYPD, Cab Drivers

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Being out on the street 24 hours a day, seven days a week is something both police officers and taxi drivers know something about, and now, there is an initiative that will help them learn from each other.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association and The Greater New York Taxi Association are rolling out a plan to increase communication between the New York City Police Department and cab drivers.

The groups say that their partnership will include regular meetings to discuss everything from road safety and cultural awareness to preventing gridlock and child booster seats.

"The gameplan is ultimately us coming in and educating, training and having some good speaking points with the drivers of how to deal with the streets of New York," said Sergeant Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

"They deal with each other constantly. There's constantly accidents, there's constantly incidents. Cab drivers are the victims of crimes," said Ethan Gerber of the Greater New York Taxi Association. "Having an open communication is just a great thing."

The groups say they're planning a joint scholarship fund for the children of police sergeants and taxi drivers.

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