Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses NYPD trainees in Manhattan

The mayor encouraged the officers-in-training to build trust in the community. (4/8/14)

MANHATTAN - A group of NYPD trainees received some special words of encouragement from Mayor Bill de Blasio today in lower Manhattan.

De Blasio addressed the officers-in-training during their daily muster session, when they receive their instructions from their superior.

De Blasio told the trainees their biggest tasks are both keeping crime low and building trust with the community.

Read More: Bronx Top Stories

"We know we have a long way to go and we know we always have to be vigilant to both keep crime low and to deepen the relationship with the community," de Blasio said. "But something important has begun."

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton also spoke and said that while the NYPD has 6,000 less officers than in previous years, the department has enough of an overtime budget to ensure officers are in place to keep the city safe.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Vote

Why do you think NYPD has trouble recruiting new officers?

Low pay Dangerous job Bad perception

advertisement | advertise on News 12