Heartbeats Behind the Badge: How Love Keeps NYPD Officers Serving the Next Generation

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is the largest and one of the oldest police departments in the United States. New York City streets are known for being New York tough, so the NYPD needs to be even tougher.

But to see what goes on behind that tough exterior, we spoke to NYPD officers, mentors, and educators who are proud to wear a badge over their hearts that signals not only their dedication to protection, but to the service of their community.

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In a still image from a video released by NTD, NYPD officers stand in NYC Cops & Kids Boxing Club, where have been supporting youth in New York for generations and are still going strong, on April 12, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, officers Joel Allen (L) and Vinnie Varriano (R), in their off-duty uniform for the non-profit Cops Who Care, describe their experiences on patrol in New York, on April 12, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science, talks about how the police are perceived by the public, on April 15, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, tells NTD host Kay Rubacek what it takes to create a safe community in New York, on March 10, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Michael Almonte tells NTD host Kay Rubacek how love for his work and his community has led to the success of the city-wide youth program Blue Chips, in New York, on July 22, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Juanita Holmes, NYPD chief of patrol, explains the challenges of New York City policing and public service, on July 22, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, NYPD officer Darnell Gatling tells NTD host Kay Rubacek how he mentors dozens of youth, on July 22, 2021. (Oliver Trey/NTD)