NYPD holds first Pride month safety briefing at Police HQ

Kimberly Dole
June 06, 2019 - 12:58 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD held it's first Pride month safety briefing at Police Headquarters on Thursday.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the launch of the Lavender Alliance, a new enhancement of the Shield program that will be used to communicate directly with private businesses and organizations in the LGBTQ community.

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During his speech, he apologized for the the Stonewall incident that occurred 50 years ago in 1969. and added "In 2019 cops reflect the people we serve."

O'Neil highlighted the fact that NYC will be the first city in the U.S. to host World Pride.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau James Waters also spoke assuring the listeners "our missions is simple. To protect NYC and all people that work, live and visit here. All people." 

The NYPD will use both uniformed and plainclothes officers in order to ensure both safety and enjoyment throughout Pride Month.

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