Police commissioner announces new head of NYPD community affairs
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced changes happening within the NYPD and says the changes are more important now than ever.
Shea announced Wednesday that Patrol Borough Brooklyn North Jeffrey Maddrey is taking on a new role in the department, the head of the Community Affairs Bureau.
"What does policing look like in this day in age," said Maddrey, “Well I think that policing should be officers being well-connected to the community.”
Maddrey says that is something he made his mission when he took over Brooklyn North. Since 2016, he has held annual holiday sleigh rides and even had police officers hand out thousands of gifts to children across Brooklyn.
Maddrey also recently made headlines when he took a knee not only with protesters but with the community. “I understand we have some difficult relationships out there where some of our key relationships are fractured and I took a knee because I'm calling for peace. I'm calling for unity, I'm calling for healing between police officers and communities countrywide,” said Maddrey.
He says he will miss Brooklyn but that he knows they’ll be in good hands with Chief Judith Harrison.
However, he says this is not goodbye. “I’m not leaving Brooklyn North, I'm just inheriting a little more of the city,” said Maddrey.