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More than 600 New York City officers will get out from behind their desks and into the streets this week as the city battles a surge in violent crime, with shooting incidents up nearly 30 percent compared to this time last year.
A total of 658 cops assigned to non-patrol posts, like the department’s press office, will be deployed as part of an ‘enhanced deployment strategy.’
The two-part plan will move 300 officers to the 4pm to 12am shift every night, according to two memos obtained by the New York Post, including one sent by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell on Monday. The officers will be put on ‘high visibility posts’ based on crime trends.
It also calls for individual precincts to move four officers into the streets every day.
Overall crime is up 41.6 percent compared to this time last year, with shootings up nearly 30 percent and transit crimes, including notable subway pushing incidents, up 74 percent, according to the latest numbers from the NYPD.
Crime has gotten so bad that Reverend Al Sharpton addressed Mayor Eric Adams himself on national TV on Wednesday.
‘Eric, they’re locking up my toothpaste,’ Sharpton said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, referring to consumer goods locked behind glass to prevent shoplifting.
On Wednesday, a South Korean diplomat, 53, was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Midtown Manhattan at around 8.10pm. An unidentified suspect took off running, and the diplomat was taken to a hospital with a broken nose, WABC reports.
A total of 658 officers will be moved from desk jobs to street patrol starting this week as shooting and subway crimes continue their upward trend
About 300 officers will come from desk-based offices like the press office and internal affairs. The rest will come from individual housing commands and precincts
Overall crime is up 41.6 percent compared to this time last year, with shootings up nearly 30 percent
The new plan is part of Mayor Eric Adams’ push to get more officers on the street. At a campaign stop last year, he complained about ‘too many officers are performing clerical duties’
Crime is up 10 percent from pre-pandemic levels, driven up by a spike in vehicle thefts and shootings that skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns.
The two-part plan to get cops currently assigned to desk jobs on the street appears to be part of Adams’ push to get more officers involved in crime prevention.
The Democratic mayor ran on a campaign of public safety in a city where violent incidents routinely made headlines during COVID lockdowns.
‘Too many officers are performing clerical duties, and they are in units that do not directly impact public safety,’ Adams said during a campaign appearance at a Manhattan subway station last May.
‘These officers could be on patrol, playing a visible function of dealing with the fear that’s in our subway system,’ he said, according to the Post.
Transit related crimes are now up 74 percent throughout the city, with the most notable one being the death of Deloitte consultant Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, who was pushed onto the subway tracks and was killed by an oncoming train the morning of January 15.
News of the ‘enhanced deployment strategy’ is based on two memos, including one sent by newly appointed Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, above on January 21
Transit related crimes are up 74 percent. Deloitte consultant Michelle Alyssa Go (above), 40, was pushed onto the subway tracks and was killed by an oncoming train on January 15
Simon Martial, 61, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after the incident, declaring, ‘I’m God, I can do it,’ as he waked out of a Midtown precinct.
Last week, a 43-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint while she waited for the C train at the West 163rd Street station in Washington Heights at around 6.10pm on Thursday.
The unidentified attacker flashed a knife and tried to grab her phone as they struggled. The woman kept her phone, but he made off with her purse.
Simon Martial, 61, was charged with murder in Go’s death, which was unprovoked
The new NYPD plan will see 300 officers from units like internal affairs and counterterrorism reassigned daily by Chief of Department Ken Corey to the 4pm to 12am shift based on crime trends.
The units will operate in teams of eight cops and one sergeant, the Post reports.
For the second part of the plan, each precinct and housing command will pull four uniformed officers and move them to patrol in the second and third tours.
Each command is supposed to have a deployment plan ready on Friday detailing who can be reassigned when the new units are deployed.
A police source told the Post that the plan has been in the works since last month.
Nearly every police precinct in New York City has seen spikes in crime this year – including five in which the rate has doubled, new data from the New York Police Department shows.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly brandished a knife and tried to pry a woman’s phone out of her hands before making off with her purse on Thursday, February 3
‘No neighborhood is safe,’ one Brooklyn cop told Post on Tuesday, offering a grim forecast for the future of the crime-ravaged city.
‘At this rate, we will lose the city by St. Patrick’s Day.’
According to recently released statistics, 72 of the five boroughs’ 77 precincts saw an increase in crime this year when compared to the same period in 2021, with only three recording a marginal decrease in criminal offenses.
Two precincts, including the one covering the city’s scenic Central Park, recorded no change at all – a statistic that may be misleading due to the area’s low crime rate when compared to areas that are actually populated.
‘Only the squirrels are safe,’ another anonymous cop joked. ‘Tourists will never come back.’
Nearly every single police precinct in New York City has seen spikes in crime so far this year – including five in which the rate has doubled, new data from the NYPD shows
PERCENT INCREASES IN CRIME FOR ALL PRECINCTS
1st Precinct – 75%
5th Precinct – 51.67%
6th Precinct – 67.71%
7th Precinct – 75.38%
9th Precinct – 53.7%
10th Precinct – 29.89%
13th Precinct – 55%
Midtown South Precinct – 48.98%
17th Precinct – 91.07%
Midtown North Precinct – 44.78%
19th Precinct – 32.56%
20th Precinct – 26.32%
Central Park Precinct – No change
23rd Precinct – 12.62%
24th Precinct – 52.63%
25th Precinct – 29.55%
60th Precinct – 4.55%
61st Precinct – 36.19%
62nd Precinct – 65.88%
63rd Precinct – 37.84%
66th Precinct – 44.44%
67th Precinct – 58.04%
68th Precinct – 26.87%
69th Precinct – 105%
70th Precinct – 39.25%
71st Precinct – 30.49%
72nd Precinct – 107.14%
76th Precinct – 60.71%
78th Precinct – 23.19%
73rd Precinct – 35.66%
75th Precinct – 40.07%
77th Precinct – 62.16%
79th Precinct – 4.96% (decrease)
81st Precinct – 19.15%
83rd Precinct – 9.74% (decrease)
84th Precinct – 27.96%
88th Precinct – 21.43%
90th Precinct – 45.05%
94th Precinct – 28.57%
100th Precinct – 66.67%
101st Precinct – No Change
102nd Precinct – 39.78%
103rd Precinct – 67.44%
105th Precinct – 8.66%
106th Precinct – 67.68%
107th Precinct – 118.06%
113th Precinct – 5.31%
104th Precinct – 29.75%
108th Precinct – 53.47%
109th Precinct – 82.61%
110th Precinct – 142.42%
111th Precinct – 73.44%
112th Precinct – 35.09%
114th Precinct – 18.79%
115th Precinct – 56.89%
Bronx & Staten Island
40th Precinct – 20.41%
41st Precinct – 71.95%
42nd Precinct – 20.75%
43rd Precinct – 75%
44th Precinct – 27.59%
45th Precinct – 31.68%
46th Precinct – 43.95%
47th Precinct – 30.91%
48th Precinct – 51.97%
49th Precinct – 51.64%
50th Precinct – 77.92%
52nd Precinct – 9.6%
120th Precinct – 55.38%
121st Precinct – 31.88%
122nd Precinct – 13.51% (decrease)
123rd Precinct – 39.2
Since Mayor Eric Adams unveiled his ‘Blueprint to End Gun Violence’ on January 24, at least 49 people have been shot in The City That Never Sleeps, and at least 12 have been murdered.
Violent crime in general has surged in the city over the past year, with many different factors including increased tensions between the police and public, unemployment rates, soft-on-crime politicians and bail reform being cited as potential causes.
According to the recently released crime data – which takes into account offenses occurring up until the week ending on February 6 – robberies have soared by almost 35 percent when compared to the same period in 2021.
Rape has also increased by more than 35 percent and overall crime in the Big Apple has skyrocketed by 41.65 percent, according to the data.
Murders, meanwhile, are down 13 percent at this time over last year, while shootings have increased by a startling 30 percent.
Crime has gotten so bad in the city that even Reverend Al Sharpton is calling on new Mayor Eric Adams to crack down on shoplifters after the civil rights leader saw basic items like toothpaste locked up at his local pharmacy.
Reverend Al Sharpton, 67, slammed newly minted NYC Mayor Eric Adams for the extreme amounts of shoplifting in the city after his precious toothpaste gets locked up in pharmacies
Sharpton’s precious toothpaste has been locked behind locked doors in many local pharmacies, such as CVS (pictured in Manhattan), as so many stores have been hit with recent thefts
Sharpton, a Brooklyn native, 67, has had enough of the New York City crime spree, with the last straw being his locked-up dental care, saying the lawlessness is ‘out of control.’
‘Eric, they’re locking up my toothpaste,’ Sharpton said.
‘You go into a local pharmacies – Duane Reade or Rite Aid, any of them – and you got to get someone to help assist you. They have the little button there, you hit the buzzer, the guy comes over, and unlocks your toothpaste – we’re talking about basic stuff here.’
Pharmacies like Duane Reade, CVS, and Rite Aid have always locked up certain items, such as razor blades, but as more and more thieves are looting the shelves, stores have begun putting up extra protection.
A Rite Aid on Manhattan’s Upper East Side will be closing due to brazen thieves hitting the store on multiple occasions.
Shelves were already bare in the store, located at the corner of 80th Street and 2nd Avenue, but it will shut its doors for good on February 15, the manager told DailyMail.com last month, a day after a thief was caught on video boldly sauntering out with shopping bags full of stolen goods.