In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of police violence across the country, the last year saw a dramatic increase in calls for public safety reform in New York city. At the same time, violent crime is rising to levels higher than we’ve seen in some time, making it harder to simply accept demands for “defunding.” What is the right role of police in the city going forward? We speak to Chauncey Parker, deputy commissioner for community partnerships at the NYPD, about the ways the police department is changing, and how they can better engage with communities.
ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Chauncey Parker serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships at the NYPD. He also serves as the Director of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, a federally-funded program that invests in public safety and public health partnerships designed to build sage and healthy communities. A veteran of almost 35 years in criminal justice, Parker began his career in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1986, where he served for five years. He next served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 2002, Gov. George Pataki appointed him to serve as the Director of Criminal Justice for New York State, where for five years he oversaw all state criminal justice agencies. Parker then returned to DA’s Office, where he served for ten years as an Executive Assistant District Attorney, prior to his appointment to the NYPD in December 2019.
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