The NYPD is sending ‘youth coordination officers’ to schools. Who are they?

The NYPD is sending ‘youth coordination officers’ to schools. Who are they?

From Chalkbeat:

Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a fairly new kind of cop would be sent to city schools following a spate of violent incidents, including five guns allegedly recovered from students within a week.

The NYPD initially rolled out the “Youth Coordination Officers” program in 2020, with an early target of moving 350 cops into the role to cover the city’s 77 precincts.

The YCO division debuted as part of the department’s overall new “youth strategy,” and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the cops would focus on crime prevention by tracking teens and connecting them to social and educational services before they ever break any laws. YCOs were put in each precinct, officials said, as a first point of contact between young people and police.

“We have the information,” said Shea while unveiling the project last January. “We can identify these kids and assist them early in their downward trajectories.”

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