The first batch of the NYPD’s new anti-gun units has started to patrol streets, particularly in multiple neighborhoods heavily plagued by gun violence.
Sources said 168 police officers from the department’s Neighborhood Safety Teams — a key pillar of Mayor Eric Adams’ crime-fighting plan — are stepping out into 28 areas where shootings have increased during the pandemic starting on Monday.
The NYPD revealed the remaining roughly 300 officers would be added on a rolling basis as they complete their seven-day training.
“They’re intensively trained in minimal force techniques, advanced tactics, car stops,” Chief of Department Ken Corey said.
“De-escalation is essential to all of it, communication skills is a big part of it, courtroom training and as the police commissioner indicated, constitutional policing,” Corey added.
The officers deployed during phase one — which was delayed a few weeks from the previous start date — are patrolling the following areas:
Manhattan’s 23rd, 25th, 32nd, and 34th Precincts
Bronx’s 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 48th, and 52nd Precincts
Brooklyn 67th, 71st, 73rd, 75th, 77th, 79th, 81st, and 83rd Precincts
Queens’ 103rd, 105th, and 113th Precincts
Housing’s PSA 2, 3, 5 and 7
According to reports, the new team rebooted the department’s controversial anti-crime unit, which was disbanded in 2020, under the last administration.
The new team will wear navy blue tactical pants, black boots or shoes with a polo shirt, a quarter-zip sweatshirt, or a Neighborhood Safety vest that has NYPD clearly written on the back and front, along with patches bearing the officer’s name, shield, rank, and command.
The team also can wear a baseball cap or knit hat with NYPD stitched in white.