NEW YORK – The New York City Police Department is launching a new policing strategy meant to improve relations with the communities it serves.
The program, dubbed "One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere," was officially unveiled Thursday in upper Manhattan.
It places an emphasis on keeping beat cops assigned to the same neighborhoods so the officers get to know the residents.
Some officers will be freed up from chasing 911 calls in order to focus on developing trust.
In recent years, relations between the NYPD and communities of color have become strained. Police Commissioner William Bratton devised the new plan to relieve that.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city owes it to the communities and the officers to keep them safe.