I agree with him. New cops need to be in a precinct learning the job by senior officers. That takes time and what they learn is invaluable. Throwing rookies out in high crime areas with minimal experience and only a Sergeant to guide and advise them (who unfortunately cannot devote too much time to any single cop) is a detriment to their training and learning the job, their SAFETY, and their interaction with the community. Good move --APN
The city's top cop took a shot Wednesday at one of his predecessor's signature programs — the practice of sending rookie cops into high-crime areas to augment the precinct officers.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill described the program, known as Operation Impact, as a disservice to both young cops and the communities where they were sent.
"We put them in a spot, in a situation where they didn't appreciate the conditions of the precinct and didn't get to know the communities as well as they should have," O'Neill said.
"Impact was a good method for crime reduction but it really did a disservice to our new cops, and it did a disservice to the community, quite frankly."