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Auxiliary Police Program

The Auxiliary Police Program is a great opportunity for private citizens to promote public safety through their own personal participation. Volunteer Auxiliary Police continue to be an invaluable resource to our Department and communities, as they perform uniform patrols as an effective crime deterrent. Their patrol presence and keen observation and reporting of incidents requiring police response, as well as interaction with the public, aides in crime reduction and enhances police-community relations. Another important function of Auxiliary Police volunteers is serving as a citizen ready reserve in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

  • Residents of the City may assist the NYPD in non-enforcement duties. Responsibilities include crime watch, traffic direction, and other duties.
  • Interested? Call 212-AUX-1000 or 212-289-1000.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Following President George W. Bush's call to all Americans for volunteerism after the September 11 attacks, local residents and community leaders banded together to form a community based group of volunteers available to assist in the event of any type of future disaster. Volunteers are grouped into teams and entered into a database based upon their unique skill or trade (e.g. nurses, heavy equipment operators, etc.). In the event of an emergency, the services of these volunteers would be brought to bear as secondary responders in order to augment professional emergency responders in the neighborhood. The CERT team also conducts regular training on such topics as first aid and CPR. The New York City Department of Emergency Management has sanctioned the project and designated it as CERT-1 NYC. This is the first such program in the country.
Neighborhood Policing (NCO Program)

The cornerstone of today's NYPD is Neighborhood Policing, a comprehensive crime-fighting strategy built on improved communication and collaboration between local police officers and community residents. Neighborhood Policing greatly increases connectivity and engagement with the community without diminishing, and, in fact, improving the NYPD's crime-fighting capabilities.

The NYPD has long encouraged officers to strengthen bonds with the communities they patrol, but past practice in precincts left little time or opportunity for true community engagement. In recent years, the Patrol Services Bureau has systematically reorganized its patrol methods to achieve the goal of establishing Neighborhood Policing in every precinct, citywide, by 2019
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 "Build the Block"Neighborhood Safety Meetings

Neighborhood policing seeks to close the divide between cops and community. But it can only succeed with your support. 

That's why the NYPD has been holding a series of local meetings. These "Build the Block" neighborhood safety meetings are strategy sessions between local police officers and the people they serve. The meetings have two simple goals: identify the public safety challenges of a specific neighborhood and discuss potential solutions.

The department is taking another important step towards improving trust, collaboration, and safety through neighborhood policing. But we can't do it without you.

Join the discussion about issues in your community. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard about specific safety and policing challenges in your own neighborhood. 

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Crime Stoppers

The Crime Stoppers Unit operates a hotline, 1-800-577-TIPS, to track down felons identified through anonymous tips. Callers are not asked their name, however, they do receive a code number to be eligible to collect a reward of up to $2,000 for the successful conviction from a tip.
  • Anyone with important information about a violent crime in New York City may call 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish speakers, 1-888-57-PISTA. Calls are anonymous.