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NYPD Restructuring to Shift Police Response to Schools, Sources Say

(DNAINFO)  Shaye Weaver — The NYPD is changing the way its precincts respond to schools in an emergency.

As part of the city’s new community policing project, the NYPD is doing away with its schools units and will instead rely on the officers assigned to respective neighborhood beats to respond to the schools, sources said.

Schools units, which exist based on a precinct’s needs, consist of a handful of officers who provide backup to area schools when incidents escalate, whether its a fight or a student skipping school, sources said.

A new pilot that rolled out in four precincts — the 33rd and 34th precincts in Washington Heights and Inwood, and the 100th and 101st precincts in Rockaway — shifted some officers’ roles so that some who would normally respond to emergencies are sent to patrol streets instead, including those officers in schools units, sources said.

The change is more of a restructuring of resources than it is an elimination of the schools unit, according to sources.

The new protocol is expected to be implemented across the city, starting with the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct in the near future, an NYPD representative told District 2’s Community Education Council, according to member Eric Goldberg.

Source: NYPD Restructuring to Shift Police Response to Schools, Sources Say – Upper East Side – DNAinfo.com New York