Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and other NYPD officials on Thursday unveiled a new, comprehensive three-day training program for recruits, current police officers and supervisors. The program is part of a series of reforms to strengthen relations between the NYPD and the community in the wake of public outcry over the death of Eric Garner and other highly-publicized confrontations involving police nationwide. “Fundamental questions are being asked and rightfully so,” de Blasio said. The program is rolling out “as we speak” in a new facility in College Point, Queens, de Blasio said, and will be completed in June. The program is part of a series of reforms creating “a momentum of change” on top of a revamped stop-and-frisk policy, decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, the roll out of body cameras, and the involvement of the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the attorney general, de Blasio said.
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