NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton met with urban ministers Tuesday following New York City’s decision to hire nearly 1,300 new police officers as part of its $78.5 billion budget agreement.
On the heels of a major victory in the hiring of the 1,297 new officers, Bratton spoke to about 200 clergy members at the first ever Urban Ministers’ Symposium at One Police Plaza about his vision for improving police-community relations.
“We have a big task ahead us and a long road before us, but we can travel that road more quickly and more successfully if we do it together,” Bratton told the symposium.
The commissioner was still basking in the glow of his success in changing Mayor de Blasio’s mind about the need for more cops to fight terror and to go into the communities to fight crime, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
The deal was made public and sealed with a handshake and hug between de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, both Democrats, at City Hall late Monday.
“We’ll be adding 1,297 uniformed officers to the ranks of the NYPD that will take our force from about 34,500 officers today to nearly 35,800 by July 1, 2016,” de Blasio said late Monday.
But in a practical sense, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports it’ll be more like 1,700.