Yonkers kicks off National Police Week 2019

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The city of Yonkers has a series of community-focused events planned, as it officially kicks of National Police Week 2019.

Surrounded by officers, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner detailed the community’s plans today at City Hall. A couple of the department’s K-9 officers were also on hand.

Throughout the week, a mobile command unit will be set up at one of Yonkers' four police precincts. It’s a chance for residents to interact with the police in a positive one-on-one manner and thank them for the work they do in keeping our communities safe. The commissioner says community policing is one of the department’s top priorities. “We understand the importance and value of having a positive relationship with the community. The more effective we are in keeping the community safe is our mission,” says Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

This year, for the first time as a part of National Police Week, the Yonkers Police Museum will be open to the public on Friday for a few hours. Normally, an appointment is needed to visit.

National Police Week grew out of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is May 15. The day to honor police was started by President John F. Kennedy.

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