NYPD Renaissance Cops: Safe and Fair Everywhere
It is considered a great compliment when someone is referred to as a Renaissance person. This is a person who can solve issues by using knowledge, discretion, and extraordinary problem solving skills.
A Renaissance person is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance, a period covering the 14th to the 17th century, commonly understood as a time when society was transformed through arts, philosophy, and science.
In 1528, Baldassare Castiglione authored “The Book of the Courtier”, immortalizing the characteristics of a perfect gentleman or lady of the Renaissance.
These included having a calm disposition, communication skills, respectful attitude, and intelligence. Yet, when necessary, this person also had a warrior spirit, ready to protect the vulnerable.
NYPD Expansion: Safe and Fair
This plan is critical as these are unprecedented times for American policing. The eyes of the world are upon police-community relations due to many controversies nationwide that have included the NYPD.
The NYPD being the nation’s largest department and the worlds most renowned has the opportunity to revolutionize policing.
Some are referring to the NYPD policing strategy to put more cops in positions to build trust in communities as Renaissance cops. Bratton presents his vision as a plan titled “One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere.”
The commissioner crystallizes the plan with four new realities requiring change in the way the NYPD does its job as the following:
1. We must continue to control and reduce crime, especially violent crime, throughout New York.
2. We must detect and deter terrorists, who are radically altering their strategies and recruitment techniques.
3. We must win back community support and build productive partnership with citizens, especially in communities of color where resentment and fear of old police practices are most prevalent.
4. We must secure the safety and fair treatment of the men and women of the NYPD, many of whom have felt ill-prepared and undervalued.
Commissioner Bratton punctuates the mission is urgent and the work is not easy. He states that collaboration between the police and community will allow New York to be safe and fair everywhere and for everyone.
NYPD: The Way Forward
According to the NYPD, the heart of this plan will be based on five strategic areas as follows:
• Training-bringing front line officers—every year—current tactical and cutting-edge skills to keep them safe and make them even more effective.
• Trust-cops and community working as partners to make neighborhoods safe, disciplinary reforms ensuring fair treatment of all our officers, close cooperation with oversight agencies to build the public trust
• Technology-a nation-leading revolution giving every officer real-time information now available only at police headquarters.
• Terrorism Prevention-a reset of relationships with federal, state, and local partners to strengthen the investigative and enforcement web that protects us all.
Policing Principles: Classic and Contemporary
The NYPD through Bratton’s leadership is focused to break down police and community barriers.
This police-community collaboration was formulated by Sir Robert Peel in 1829.
“Principles of American Policing”, authored for the Epoch Times, May 1, 2015, edition.
These principles not only complement NYPD Commissioner Bratton’s vision, but as noted in my first principle, serve as the clarion call for transforming American policing:
“Being pro-police and pro-community is inseparable, indefatigable, and preeminent. Police at all times remain fully committed to protecting and serving the public through character, ethics, and leadership that is total and whole-hearted. Police must be guided by a moral compass that honors the community, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.”
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1. NYPD montage (Courtesy NYPD)
2. NYPD presence, Times Square, May 21, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. NYPD discussing technology with community members. (Courtesy NYPD)