Nearly 200 New York kids take field trip with DC cops in a bid to bond with the community

Road trip – with the NYPD!

Nearly 200 children from the Big Apple traveled to the nation’s capital on an NYPD bus with police officers Monday morning in an effort to strengthen community ties with cops.

Officers from the Police Commissioner’s Liaison Unit and the Office of Community Affairs brought 189 children from Harlem and Brooklyn to Washington, D.C., to the National Museum of African American History “to explore their culture and heritage”, the NYPD said in a statement.

The children ranged in age from elementary school through high school, and many sported sporty smiles as the blue-and-white bus pulled out of Harlem’s 28 Precinct station around 6 a.m.

The Post accompanied and captured videos and photos of the trip.

The NYPD’s goal is to create better relationships within the community.

“I think this opportunity to show young people that law enforcement is there with them at all times and wants to support their efforts and even take the time to build relationships with them is appropriate at this time,” said the Reverend Al Cohen, executive director of The Community Initiatives of NY, a youth advocacy group.

“It’s something that isn’t regular or frequent, but it’s definitely been an exciting opportunity for the kids, and that’s why they’re here.”

New York Post

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