Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner O’Neill Announce Expansion of Team Up! Tuesday to 150 High Schools

  • Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Schools Hosting Events with Police Officers and Students to Build Community Relationships

NEW YORK – Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner O’Neill today announced the expansion of Team Up! Tuesday to over 150 high schools across the City, bringing officers from 70 precincts together with students to foster important community relationships, facilitate meaningful discussions and participate in engaging activities. 

Local precincts work directly with high schools in their area to coordinate activities that create an opportunity for students and officers to make new connections and have thoughtful conversations about their own experiences. By engaging in dialogue, students learn about the resources available to them and officers gain a better understanding of the needs of teens in their community. 

“Our goal is for officers and students to continue interacting and strengthening these relationships throughout the school year,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “I’m grateful for the NYPD’s partnership in helping schools build community relationships by hosting officers and facilitating thoughtful dialogue.” 

“The NYPD is constantly evolving and working hard to enhance our relationships with people in all of the communities we serve,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Expanding the Team Up! Tuesday program to our City’s high schools will strengthen those efforts and ensure that young people and police officers can foster even more meaningful connections. I commend Chancellor Fariña and her staff for partnering with the men and women of the NYPD to make our way forward together.” 

Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner O’Neill visited a Team Up! Tuesday event at the Murry Bergtraum Campus in Manhattan and participated in a panel where they answered questions from students. The panel was moderated by a student leader and included representatives from each school on the campus as well as officers from the local precinct. 

“Students play a vital role in shaping the dynamics of our community, and Team Up! Tuesday gives students an incredible opportunity to collaborate with officers and strengthen our campus community” said Naima Cook, principal of Murry Bergtraum High School. “We are grateful to have the Chancellor and Police Commissioner participate in our event and engage students in meaningful conversations.” 

Team Up! Tuesday is another example of the DOE's close partnership with the NYPD. Activities taking place at schools range from roleplay workshops to mock debates. Today marks the third Team Up! Tuesday hosted by the DOE and NYPD. Over 300 elementary schools participated in the first event last spring and over 300 middle schools hosted events last fall. 

The DOE provides schools with resources, connects principals with local precincts and supports schools in engaging families in their events. Team Up! Tuesday is just one opportunity to facilitate these introductions and schools are encouraged to continue building on these relationships throughout the school year. 
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