A new police precinct on the Lower East Side of New York city is taking shape.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Wednesday the new precinct, at 2126 East 63rd Street, will be called the John F. Kennedy Precinct.
Kelly called the precinct a “big change” from the current precinct on East 57th Street.
“We will have more officers,” Kelly said, “and we will have a bigger footprint.”
Kelly said he wants to use the new space to house new technology, like an advanced crime detection system.
Kelly also announced a new police academy, called the New York Patrol Academy.
Kelly said the academy will be a one-year course, with students trained in a variety of areas, including street patrol, narcotics enforcement, community policing and intelligence gathering.
“There are many ways we can improve policing,” Kelly told reporters.
“It is going to be a very different environment.”
Kelly also said that, with the exception of a few police officers who will move to the precinct, all new recruits will be black.
“That’s a major change,” Kelly added.
“I think we need to take a look at that.”
Kelly said the precinct will be staffed by a sergeant, who will be responsible for overseeing the new officers.
“If you ask me what I want the precinct to look like, I don’t want it to be an old precinct,” Kelly continued.
“The precinct should be like a modern precinct, with a modern policing style.”
The precinct will also include a 24-hour police hotline, which Kelly said will provide officers with a means of communicating with the public.
“The more officers you have on the street, the better chance you have to get information to help prevent crime,” Kelly also told reporters in a press conference.
The new precinct will come after more than a year of discussions about the precinct.
Kelly announced a number of changes to the existing precinct in September, including installing a security camera, installing a second-floor police station, replacing the police officer parking lot, and adding a new building for the city’s public schools.
Kelly has said that the new building will be dedicated to police officers, with all new employees hired from within the city.
Kelly told the New Yorker that he was considering bringing in a “police officer” to serve as the new mayor of the precinct once he takes office.
Last week, the city announced a plan to relocate all of its current police officers to the new police building in the hopes that the police force would become more racially diverse.
For the past year, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been attempting to change how the NYPD treats minority officers.
In April, the mayor told reporters that he would seek to recruit more African-American officers to join the force.
“Our city is changing,” de Blasio said in April.
“This is going be the most diverse force we have.”
In April 2017, the City Council passed a bill that created a new program to hire more minorities into the NYPD, including to the New School Police Department.
The bill created the “City of New Yorkers Initiative to Engage in Diversity and Inclusion.”
The program will pay $1,000 a year for every officer hired to work at the new crime detection unit.
The city also will begin paying its first full-time police officer from the private sector in January 2019.
The city will pay the first full time police officer $100,000 to work in the crime detection division, which will include the crime lab and the police precinct.
In a press release, the NYPD said it was looking for a new officer who can be “responsible for the work of multiple departments.”
Kelly called that “the right position.”
“We want to make sure the police department is well-equipped and that we have the personnel we need,” Kelly, a Democrat, said.