NY Police Advised Not to Wear Uniforms, Logos In Public While Off-Duty
Following the recent anti-cop protests and attempted assassination of police in the Bronx, the Department of Corrections Chief issued new precautions for officers, stating that any situation for police officers could “escalate into a major, possibly life-threatening incident.”
Chief of Department Hazel Jennings advised correction officers not wear uniforms or other department apparel if they ride public transportation to and from work for their protection.
“Advise loved ones and friends to refrain from wearing clothing items or carrying items brandishing the department name and logo, for their safety,” wrote Jennings in a memo to officers.
“Only uniformed staff that are firearms qualified shall be assigned to front entrance and other point of entry posts. Uniformed staff assigned to such posts shall be armed and wearing their ballistic vests at all times while on duty,” stated Jennings.
Robert Williams was arrested after shooting two Bronx cops within 12 hours in an assassination attempt. Williams is suspected of ambushing police officers in a patrol van on Saturday, firing shots at the officers. On Sunday, Williams entered the Bronx police precinct and opened fire. After running out of bullets, he surrendered.
Williams was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. In Williams’s rampage of shootings, he shot a lieutenant in the arm and sent another to the hospital after shooting him in the neck and arm. Fortunately, both officers will recover from their injuries.