Slain NYPD rookie wanted to improve relations between cops and communities

The rookie cop who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem Friday wanted to join the NYPD to “better the relationship between the community and the police,” he wrote in a letter obtained by The Post.

Officer Jason Rivera, 22, said his experience growing up in Inwood, where relations between police and the community were strained during the stop and frisk era, inspired him to become the first in his family to join New York’s Finest.

“When I applied to become a police officer, I knew this was the career for me,” he wrote in a letter to the commanding officer

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