NY commissioner wants rookies out of anti-crime program
Commissioner has told his top chiefs that he intends to fundamentally alter a program that sent waves of rookie officers into crime-ridden neighborhoods
By J. David Goodman
NEW YORK — In a sharp break with New York’s crime-fighting policies of the last decade, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton has told his top chiefs that he intends to fundamentally alter a program that sent waves of rookie officers into crime-ridden neighborhoods, while also inflaming tensions in those communities.
At a closed-door meeting in Police Headquarters in January, Mr. Bratton said that rather than thrusting inexperienced officers into dangerous or highly charged situations, part of a program called Operation Impact, he envisioned a return to a more traditional approach in which rookies would first be placed in local precincts.
“I want to change the dynamic of kids coming out of the academy and immediately being put into Operation Impact assignments, where they really have an almost single-minded focus and really don’t get a full flavor of the job,” he said, according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by The New York Times.
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