When a transit cop saw a man jump a turnstile without paying a fare, he did what a cop has to do. After writing the man a ticket and hearing his story, however, the officer provided the one thing that would stem his need for law breaking: a job.
Officer Christopher D’Onofrio and his partner watched a young couple approach a train station on Staten Island in New York City. Even though his wife paid her fare, Sangeeth Wijesinghe jumped the turnstile.
“I had a soft spot for his story,” D’Onofrio told Staten Island Advance. “He sounded like a stand-up gentleman.”
D’Onofrio wanted to help, so he called a friend who manages a market near the train station. The officer talked his friend into hiring the young man, and after a few weeks of training, Wijesinghe is working 40 hours a week as a cashier — and often another 20 hours of overtime.
D’Onofrio says getting to know people in the neighborhood is what community policing is all about. And while Wijesinghe has a new job, D’Onofrio says he has a new friend.
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