New York City Police Department

Community Affairs | Special Outreach Programs and Services
Clergy Liaison Program

The Clergy Liaison Program formalizes the important relationship between members of the clergy, their congregations and the police department, especially during times of community crisis or unrest. Each precinct commander may nominate up to five clergy from across denominations to serve as a link between the Department and the various congregations and faith groups in that community. Clergy receive specialized training from the Department on topics including bias crime prevention, domestic violence, drug abuse prevention, and counter-terrorism. The Department currently has over 500 clergy in the program.

Contact: 646-610-5323 



Borough Liaison Unit

The Borough Liaison Unit consists of specially selected police officers who are responsible for monitoring the Department’s eight patrol boroughs. These officers are chosen for their knowledge of local conditions, contacts with community organizations, and an ability to communicate with community members and police in the field. Liaisons are responsible for detecting community unrest and implementing early intervention strategies as well as acting as first responders when crisis does occur.

Contact: 646-610-5323