A new arm of law enforcement hit the streets in Harlem on Friday.
Volunteers in the Har-lem Department of Public Safety’s newly formed Citizens On Patrol program began patrolling city streets.
“This is not a response to any overwhelming crime trend,” Chief Gary Jones said, adding that the program is part of the department’s commitment to community policing. It’s a tool to help “promote transparency, cooperation and partnership with the community.”
A dozen people volunteered to become COP officers and patrol the city in four-hour shifts.