BXTRA with Jordan Castro

On Friday, December 1st, I had the pleasure of meeting with Sgt. Jordan Castro of NYPD. This extraordinary Bronxite is not just extraordinary for his service to the city; but for his literary contribution as well.

Sgt. Castro recently published a fiction novel called, ” Smoke and Mirrors : Police Dreams.” This thriller follows a police officer who is trying to reach the rank of detective to honor his father who was killed in the line of duty. Though the book is fiction, it exposes very real matters that society has today. One issue in particular is the relationship that police officers have with their communities.

Our discussion delves into further details of the book. Sgt. Castro gives his insight on how we can mend the relationship between police and their communities and shares what its like to be a cop, an author, and a minority.

Watch a brief clip of Sgt. Castro below!


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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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