To avoid the repeat of last weekend’s mayhem, which included 29 people shot, one fatally, the NYPD on Wednesday revealed that it will renew its focus on quality-of-life offenses.
Sources said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Chief of Department Kenneth Corey made the order since New York City Mayor Eric Adams is not happy with the weekend shooting incidents and wants such nightmare not to be repeated again.
“To be clear this is NOT a return to stop, question, and frisk – nor is it ‘policing for numbers,’” Sewell said in a statement.
“This is precision-policing aimed at reducing violence in the neighborhoods seeing disproportionate numbers of shootings – and it is what the public is demanding,” Sewell added.
Based on the latest NYPD crime data, quality of life complaints since 2019 have soared.
The data also showed that drinking in public complaints has doubled, to 3,193 from 1,452.
The calls about loud parties in public have more than doubled, to 9,013 from 3,338.
The NYPD stats through Sunday, also showed that 284 people were shot in the city so far this year — up 17% from the 242 during the same period last year.
Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said crime usually soar when the weather gets warm.
“We know from experience, as the weather gets warmer, that 30% of all shooting incidents are preceded by multiple reports of other lawbreaking and violations leading up to that violence,” LiPetri said.
“Engaging in proactive enforcement can be the difference that prevents that next shooting, and prevents the next child from being harmed,” LiPetri added.