NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday was awards night for the NYPD‘s new Blue Chips program, which connects officers to youth through basketball.
Both police and teenagers were honored at One Police Plaza.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Through the program, officers coach and mentor kids across the city.
Commissioner Dermot Shea says it’s a way to help build relationships with the community and keep the kids on the right path.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
“The cops love the opportunity to work with the kids in the city, to mentor them, to teach them, so it’s a win-win,” he said.
“We want to make the community safer, and this is a tool to show kids a different side of the badge,” NYPD Officer Darnell Gatling said.MORE NEWS: Parents Of Immunocompromised Girl Say Long Island School District Refused Requests For Adequate Remote Option
The program kicked off in July. It’s open to kids ages 12-17.