NYPD reviews policy of assigning rookie cops to high-crime areas

Starting a new job can be nerve-racking for anyone, but few jobs come with the built-in stressors of being a police officer, whose split-second decisions can alter lives, end them or bring about legal proceedings over discrimination or excessive force.
The question of how best to expose rookie police officers’ feet to the fires of high-crime areas has revealed itself as a contentious battle over policing practices unfolds in New York City. In January new Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told fellow officers in a private meeting that he wanted to change the way rookies are exposed to crime hot spots, according to The New York Times. And internal discussions in new Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration have made some wonder why rookie cops were policing these areas in the first place.

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(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYPD reviews policy of assigning rookie cops to high-crime areas

Starting a new job can be nerve-racking for anyone, but few jobs come with the built-in stressors of being a police officer, whose split-second decisions can alter lives, end them or bring about legal proceedings over discrimination or excessive force.

The question of how best to expose rookie police officers’ feet to the fires of high-crime areas has revealed itself as a contentious battle over policing practices unfolds in New York City. In January new Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told fellow officers in a private meeting that he wanted to change the way rookies are exposed to crime hot spots, according to The New York Times. And internal discussions in new Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration have made some wonder why rookie cops were policing these areas in the first place.

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(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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