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Brooklyn Teen's Essay Gets Him a Day as Police Commissioner

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A Brooklyn teen gets the chance to be the police commissioner for a day.

Fequere Saint Georges won the honor by writing an essay on the programs he would implement to improve the city, if he were commissioner.

Saint Georges moved to Brooklyn from Haiti in 2011 and he highlighted the struggles minorities face because of alleged police profiling.

His prize was to spend the day with the actual Police Commissioner, William Bratton.

"It's really hard work they're doing. So they have to work with the community to work together and to make change in our society, because there is a lot of problems in our society today," Saint Georges said.

"It's also true that no police department, even one as large as the NYPD, can ever succeed alone. It is imperative that we collaborate effectively with the community. You said exactly that in your essays," Bratton said.

One hundred and thirty other young young people were sworn in as officers for the day.

They spent the day at different precincts, including the Highway and Harbor Patrols, and the Mounted Police and the Canine units.

The initiative is put together by the Police Athletic League.

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