Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly kicked-off intensive multicultural immersion training for approximately 260 uniformed New York City Police recruits Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The recruits were addressed by a panel of community leaders invited by Commissioner Kelly to discuss issues concerning the police and community relations.
Police Commissioner Kelly said. “This workshop is aimed at helping new police recruits understand and appreciate the diverse communities they will serve as officers on patrol.”
The NYPD introduced multicultural immersion training for police recruits in June 2007. The Police Academy course, titled “Advancing Community Trust (ACT)-Together for a United New York,” culminates six months of comprehensive community relations and law enforcement training that police recruits undergo in the Police Academy, and is in addition to continued in-service community-relations training provided to all police officers.
The ACT multicultural immersion course is designed to motivate improved understanding by police recruits of the communities they'll serve, to enhance professionalism and to foster mutual respect between the Department and New York City citizens. Recruits this year will attend presentations by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Commanding Officers and prominent community members from various precincts, and others, and will receive and discuss information covering multiple ethnic and religious communities, sexual orientations, and youth perspectives. Recruits will also attend lectures, and receive video and role-play presentations leading up to graduation on December 28th at the Beacon Theatre.
A Community Concerns Panel kicks off the first of four days of multicultural training for each class. The December 2009 panelists are:
- Gerson Borrero, El Diario
- Rev. Herbert Daughtry, National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches, Brooklyn, NY
- Commissioner Margarita Lopez, New York City Housing Authority
- Bishop Lester Williams , Senior Pastor of the Community Church of Christ, Jamaica, New York
- Errol Louis, New York Daily News (moderator)
Previous Community Concerns Panelists include:
Luis Garden Acosta
Rev. A.R. Bernard
Rev. Calvin Butts
Rev. Floyd Flake
Rev. Al Sharpton
Photo: Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly kicks-off intensive multicultural immersion training for approximately 260 uniformed New York City Police recruits Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Pictured left to right Gerson Borrero, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Wilbur Chapman, Bishop Lester Williams, Errol Louis, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, NYCHA Commissioner Margarita Lopez. NYPD Photo Unit.