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NYPD Newest Rookies Have Diversity Training At Historic Apollo Theater

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Fresh out of the Police Academy, the New York City’s newest cops packed into the Apollo Theater in Harlem Tuesday for a lesson on cultural diversity and policing.

For the more than 1,500 officers who graduated from the academy last week, Tuesday’s panel-led discussion was the last bit of required curriculum before they hit the streets for their first assignment: securing Times Square during New Year’s Eve festivities.

“I think it’s phenomenal that they’re doing this program. I just want to represent my community and my department,” said Officer Kevin Brabazon, 29, who grew up in Harlem, the child of a white father and a black mother. “I’ve seen some good officers; I’ve seen some not-so-good officers, and I’ve learned from both.”

For panel members, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and city Housing Authority board member Margarita Lopez, it was an opportunity to talk with the newest Finest about ways to improve the NYPD’s relationship with the community. Sharpton said most people are not “anti-police” but rather “anti-police misconduct, anti-police brutality.”

The panel — which was moderated by radio personality Mike Riley — grazed over a handful of subjects that included stop-and-frisk procedures, respect for civilians and abuse of power.

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  1. Correction: It’s Mark Riley not ‘Mike’

  2. It’s good that they are doing this. It probably would have help more if they had this lesson on cultural diversity and policing while they were still in the academy, instead of after they graduated. I wish they would do a better job weeding out those who are found to have racist or bigoted tendencies before allowing them to become cops.

  3. If DIEversity training includes shoot first, ask questions later, then Im all for it,but aside from this, isnt this a gigantic farce? We all know Obongo wants to pass the DAA which would make every last protestor at the wall street fiasco a domestic terrorist and subject to imprisonemnt at the closest FEMA camp. so, in fact , this is just a diversion while Obongos lackeys get their pencils sharpened and the rifles loaded whle stupid protestors who dont have a single notion how to survive without help from their mammas and daddies, are going to find out the hard way what the inevitable conclusion was for allowing the congoids to get away with their imbecilic snivel rights movement, It is time to pay the nigger piper, everyone, so dont be confused by the Ape in chief, he is a lair just like the rest of em.

  4. All niggers should be caged!

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