The Community Affairs Bureau was
established to foster positive and productive police-community relations.
Positive and productive community relations are accomplished when mutual
understanding and partnerships with community residents, clergy, community leaders,
business owners and stakeholders occurs. Our mission is to establish and
maintain proactive relationships and open lines of communication with vested
persons to address their questions and concerns in an effort to improve the
quality of life in all neighborhoods. By gathering intelligence, dispelling
rumors, disseminating accurate information and working collaboratively with
other City agencies and community-based organizations we can better work with
those persons living and working in the City of New York.
Community stakeholders have a great deal of input in shaping the climate of their communities, by sharing information and working together with the New York City Police Department. This relationship is an important one.
New York City Police Department Community Councils were established in 1943. Today there are a total of eighty-six (86) New York City Police Department Community Councils throughout the five (5) boroughs. The Councils play an integral role by serving as a conduit of information between the police and community residents, clergy, community leaders, business owners and stakeholders; raising awareness and ensuring the needs of the community are reported and addressed. Community Councils are comprised of volunteers who give of their time, effort and who are committed to the betterment of their communities. Volunteerism is a core component in reinforcing the social fabric in our communities.
The purpose of this document is to serve as the standing rule governing the Community Council Executive Boards and its members. All Community Councils shall adhere by the Community Council Guidelines, as published herein by the Community Affairs Bureau. All other publications, constitutions and bylaws adopted independently shall be considered null and void. Robertís Rules of Order, Newly Revised, 11th Edition, will apply unless it is in conflict with a regulation outlined in the New York City Police Department Community Council Guidelines.
The mission of the Community Council is to establish and maintain working partnerships between the New York City Police Department and community members; to improve public safety, quality of life and police-community relations throughout New York City. These working partnerships enable the Department in its crime-fighting strategy, build mutual trust and empower community members as stakeholders.