Police recruits are receiving cultural sensitivity training before they hit city streets.
Twelve hundred New York City police recruits are spending four days at the famous Apollo Theater hearing from religious officials, community activists and even NY1 political anchor Errol Louis.
The speakers discussed the current state of police-community relations and their own personal experiences with the police.
With a nod to the controversial practice of stop-and-frisk, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that training like this is meant to make sure the relationship between the community and NYPD is good.
"You'll get a refresher course on the procedure of stopping and questioning individuals, emphasize, as you've heard before, the difference between racial profiling and criminal profiling," Kelly said. "Understanding these aspects of policing, and understanding the community that you serve, is really at the heart of our job. It's fundamental."
The recruits are set to graduate on December 27.