Brooklyn Pastors Wear Crisis Response Jackets

They joined state Sen. Eric Adams to show off the new yellow jackets they'll be wearing at crime scenes

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    Clergy council response team Tuesday

    A group of clergy in Brooklyn are stepping up to bridge community members to police in crime investigations.

    The group joined State Senator Eric Adams at the 67th NYPD Precinct in Prospect Gardens Tuesday to show off the brand new yellow coats they'll wear to signal their accessibility to the community.

    Those clergy crisis response jackets are a sign for anyone who's touched by crime to know they have somewhere to turn for support if they are afraid to speak with police officers, the clergy said.

    "The community normally trusts members of the clergy," said Gilford Monrose, president of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council. "We have members of the church who sometimes have fear to go to the police department, and so we're here to be the bridge between the police department and the community."

    The pastors will also work in neighborhoods with illegal immigrants, for whom the clergy have often been a safe haven.