Mount Vernon police recruits hit streets to build trust with community

Mount Vernon's newest police recruits hit the streets Monday to build trust with the community.

News 12 Staff

Jun 15, 2020, 6:58 PM

Updated 1,440 days ago

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Mount Vernon's newest police recruits hit the streets Monday to build trust with the community.
A total of 10 new officers walked the downtown area Monday morning to meet business owners and residents.
It's part of the city's new "cultural immersion program" to move the department toward community policing.
The new recruits admit it's a tough time to enter law enforcement as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country and distrust in police grows.
The new program comes under Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, who just last week criticized Westchester's district attorney for not charging a Mount Vernon police officer with excessive force sooner.
A total of four Mount Vernon officers have been criminally charged in the past 10 months.


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