EAST NEW YORK - The Urban Youth Corp. took time to pay homage to police in the 75th Precinct today and thank them for their service.

The officers were honored by the organization, despite crime rates being slightly elevated in their part of Brooklyn. The 75th Precinct has seen a nearly 50-percent increase in murders from last year, as well as a jump in youth-related robberies.

Organizers hope to build a stronger connection between the community and the police department to work together and fight crime. They believe the increased police presence will act as a crime deterrent in problem zones.

During the celebration, the precinct also reminded the neighborhood residents of its open-door policy, which allows anyone to enter the department and report a crime.