NYPD unveils training protocols to help reverse stop-and-frisk tension
BROWNSVILLE - The NYPD has unveiled new training protocols aimed at improving the department's relationship with the community.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton announced the new training program for officers, and say they hope it will improve relations between police and the communities they serve.
The seven-step guidelines are called "common sense," and aim at communities that may feel alienated by the police stop-and-frisk practice. The points include introducing yourself, keeping an open mind and being patient. Cops are also being encouraged to relate with people of different backgrounds.
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Officials hope the protocol will help rebuild trust and mend relations that were strained by the controversial stop-and-frisk program. Commissioner Bratton says the new protocol was tested in a few precincts last year and is being taught to current recruits now.