New NYPD Chief Of Community Affairs Wants To Bridge Gap Between Cops And Residents

Kristie Keleshian
July 07, 2020 - 6:26 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The newly appointed Chief of Community Affairs for the NYPD is hoping to bridge the gap between communities and police.

    Chief Jeffrey Maddrey was appointed to the position last week As part of the department’s effort to make “’a clean slate’ for change.” 

    The previous bureau chief is taking over the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau. 

    On Tuesday, Maddrey said he hopes to lead the Community Affairs Bureau in the right direction at a watershed moment in police-community relations. 

    “We have a common enemy, communities, cops, people everywhere and that's gun violence and we have together to defeat that,” Maddrey said.

    In just the last week alone, gun violence has spiked dramatically. Police said 63 people were shot, 11 fatally, in 44 separate shootings across the city between Friday and Sunday over the Fourth of July weekend.

    Maddrey told New Yorkers that he now wants to be considered the man in the middle, between the police department and communities across the city. 

    The new chief has, so far, visited a number of local communities and held virtual meetings with local officials and houses of worship.

    Although he hasn’t announced specific plans yet, he says he’ll continue visiting these neighborhoods and talking with local organizations

    “We can keep yelling about defund the police protests and keep going on. When do we move forward? When do we start healing? That's what I’m about right now,” Maddrey said.

    He says he disagrees with defunding the NYPD, especially because there doesn’t seem to be a clear plan on where to go.

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