Officers join students at more than 300 middle schools, strengthening community relationships
Building on the success of the first ever Team Up! Tuesday last spring, officers from every precinct with a middle school in its jurisdiction and students from every district will participate in activities ranging from visual and performing arts to physical fitness and foreign language lessons. By teaming up with officers through a variety of activities, students will also learn about ways to address peer pressure, gang recruitment, bullying and drug use.
Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner O’Neill attended a Team Up! Tuesday event at The Hunts Point Middle School in the Bronx today. They visited several classrooms, prepared healthy snacks with a nutrition club, participated in a restorative circle and cheered on students and officers playing in a basketball game.
“Building strong community relationships from an early age is essential to ensuring that New Yorkers across the City are aware of the many supports available to them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Team Up! Tuesday is an important opportunity for middle school students to connect with officers from their local precincts and strengthen relationships through engaging activities.”
“Through Team Up Tuesday!, schools and precincts are coming together to make meaningful connections and build community,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the NYPD to support our students and officers as they collaborate and build relationships of mutual respect and support, and I look forward to bringing it to more schools next years.”
“Team Up! Tuesday is one of many ways the Police Department and Department of Education work together and it is another opportunity to build meaningful relationships between students, teachers, and officers,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “My cops are excited to continue building new relationships with students at middle schools in every borough.”
These events introduce students to officers in their local precinct and provide an opportunity to hear directly from them about their personal experiences and will help build rapport. The expansion of Team Up! Tuesday also includes a new parent engagement component – schools are inviting families to participate in activities so the entire community is involved. As part of the ongoing effort to promote partnership between the school community and police, the DOE is encouraging schools to continue to build upon these new connections throughout the school year.