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Report: NYPD tells officers to be ‘prepared for deployment’ ahead of U.S. elections

NYPD patrol car (Pete Stewart/WikiCommons)

The NYPD told its officers to “be prepared for deployment” beginning in late October as the department prepares for potential protests leading up to the election that could spill over into next year, the New York Post reported.

“This November 3rd will be the one of the most highly contested presidential elections in the modem era,” an NYPD memo obtained by the Post reads. “There is also a strong likelihood that the winner of the presidential election may not be decided for several weeks.”

“Accordingly, we should anticipate and prepare for protests growing in size, frequency, and intensity leading up to the election and likely into the year 2021,” the memo said, according to the Post report.

As a result, the department will require most cops to report for duty in uniform and be prepared to deploy starting Oct. 25, the report said.

While some protests in different parts of New York City resulted in violence, demonstrations on Staten Island remained peaceful.

“Let Staten Island be an example for others to follow,” said Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey, the NYPD borough commander following a series of protests on the borough. “Let leaders from all walks of life come together so we may continue to see each other as members of one community. We have built so many relationships here in Staten Island these past few years. We need to continue to build and strengthen these relationships. Working together, we can find a way forward and create a better Staten Island for all of us.”


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