Hoping to build trust, NYPD details new approach to policing

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Posted: Jun 23, 2015 6:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are providing the first in-depth look at a new policing strategy they say will put more beat cops in neighborhood precincts to improve the relationship between officers and the community.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says Tuesday the neighborhood policing plan will use staffing changes and other tactics to restore faith in a department that, in an era of historically low crime, still struggles to boost the morale of officers and gain trust among mostly minority residents in the toughest neighborhoods.

Officers committed to certain neighborhoods will be exempt from chasing 911 part of their time to meet with principals, past victims and others in order to develop rapport and gain community trust. The so-called Renaissance cops will be part detective, community affairs officer and intelligence investigator.