NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department is unveiling new training protocols aimed at improving relations with the community.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton announced the plans Thursday at a Manhattan police precinct.
NYPD rookies will be instructed to follow a seven-part, common sense protocol for interactions with civilians.
The concepts are simple, ranging from "introduce yourself" to "keep an open mind" to "be patient." But officials hope they will help mend relations strained by the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program.
That policy allows police to question individuals deemed suspicious.
Its critics say it unfairly targets communities of color while its supporters say it drives down crime.
De Blasio has pledged to reform, but not eliminate, the practice. Its use has declined in New York in recent years.
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