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NYPD Offers to Drive Bed-Stuy Women to Breast Cancer Screenings

By Camille Bautista | October 16, 2015 8:47am
 The 81st Precinct's squad car is decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The 81st Precinct's squad car is decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bed-Stuy is going pink in the fight against breast cancer.

The neighborhood’s 81st Precinct is decorating the neighborhood in pink ribbons and connecting residents to health screenings in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.

On Oct. 19, the precinct will partner with Interfaith Medical Center on Atlantic Avenue to provide free mammograms.

“The only way we’re going to fight this is to make sure you go down and get tested,” said Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson, addressing residents at a meeting this week.

“Today’s the day to get it done.”

Officers will provide shuttle services to take women from the precinct at 30 Ralph Ave. to the hospital, Henderson added.

As part of the #NYPDBlueGoesPink campaign, precincts across the city are participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with police officers donning pink and decking out their stations in support.

In addition to decorating their headquarters, officers from the 81st Precinct have a pink patrol car reading “Brooklyn North Strong” and “We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.”

“We’ve expanded outside our doors,” Henderson said. “I want to make Bed-Stuy the pinkest neighborhood.”

The commanding officer is also offering residents the chance to have officers tie large, pink ribbons around trees on their block.

As of Tuesday evening, four block associations had participated, including Macon and Monroe streets and Schenectady and Madison avenues, according to officials.

For more information, contact the 81st Precinct’s Community Affairs at 718-574-0433.

Free health screening and mammograms will be held by Interfaith Medical Center starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19. Those interested in participating are asked to sign up with the precinct.