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Mayor's WINS Address
Sunday, April 11, 1999

Hear the Mayor's Message

Encouraging Mutual Respect
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

This Tuesday, Police Commissioner Howard Safir, CPR Advisory Board Chair Dennis Walcott and I unveiled an expansion of the Police Department's "Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect" (CPR) strategy that's designed to strengthen the bonds of mutual respect between the New York City Police Department and all the people of the city.

As part of the plan, the NYPD is instructing all its officers to take extra steps to be courteous in their everyday dealings with members of the public. This includes appropriately addressing and introducing themselves, respecting each individual - their cultural identity, customs and beliefs - using terms like "Mister" and "Miss," and "Sir" and "Ma'am," and "Young Man" and "Please" and "Thank You." And doing their best after an encounter to explain to people why they've been questioned or stopped so that we broaden understanding rather than leaving people frustrated and confused.

But the road to improving relations between the Police Department and the public is a two-way street. Just like we won't tolerate police officers treating members of the public with disrespect, we shouldn't tolerate members of the public treating our police officers with disrespect.

As a city, we should respect the role of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect all of us everyday. For too many and for too long, our police have been targets of abuse and disrespect, and decent people throughout the city should stand up against those who disrespect our police. Take the time to stop and thank police officers for the exceptionally good job they're doing protecting our rights and protecting our lives. It would really be an important gesture at this point, as we ask more respect from the police, let's go the extra mile to give them extra respect by saying "Thank You" to them.

I'd also like to state on the record how happy I am that baseball is back. The World Champion New York Yankees returned to Yankee Stadium on Friday, and the Mets come back to Shea Stadium tomorrow. The whole city, which loved following the fantastic 1998 season, is ready to watch our teams set great examples of personal achievement, teamwork, leadership and poise. I love seeing the baseball capital of the world thrilled about a whole season of New York baseball. It looks like the perfect year to root for a subway series.

I want to welcome the Yankees and the Mets back to both ballparks and wish both teams the very best of luck, and in particular I want to send the best wishes of New York City to Joe Torre, who's recuperating from surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and we want him back in the dugout as soon as possible. From Gracie Mansion, this is Rudy Giuliani.


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