NYPD revives ‘broken windows’ as Adams rages over shootings

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Mayor Eric Adams called the police to the mat during the two dozen shooting incidents that took place over the past weekend – prompting the NYPD to scramble to get more cops on the streets in a relaunch of some “broken windows” policies, The Post has learned.

Adams spoke to senior NYPD officials on Tuesday about the spate of bloodshed that left 29 injured ahead of his scheduled press conference on the department’s new anti-weapons units, forces sources said Wednesday. of the order.

At Monday’s event, Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell touted seizures of 10 firearms in six days, with Hizzoner proclaiming his fledgling administration was “moving in the right direction” to crack down on shootings.

The NYPD is reportedly reverting to “broken window” policies after Mayor Eric Adams held a meeting with department heads to discuss the recent shootings.
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One person was shot in or around a store at 2154 Pitkin Avenue.
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But during Tuesday’s discussion, Adams – a former NYPD captain – said the department was not doing enough to substantiate his remarks, sources said.

Immediately thereafter, Department Chief Kenneth Corey convened an emergency conference call with senior officers from the NYPD’s eight precinct commands, 77 precincts, 12 transit districts, nine Housing Bureau service areas and eight Detective Bureau units, sources said.

During the meeting, Corey spoke with a sense of urgency in his voice as he ordered the more than 100 supervisors to stop the bleeding by putting extra cops on patrol, sources said.

Adams held a meeting with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Department Chief Kenneth Corey after a bloody weekend of shootings.
Adams held a meeting with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Department Chief Kenneth Corey after a bloody weekend of shootings.
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Police at the scene where two people were shot near 1425 University Avenue in the Bronx, NY at around 8:15 p.m. on March 19, 2022.
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High-crime neighborhoods account for more than half of the shootings that take place in New York City.
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“He told us he wanted us to engage in quality of life offenses and criminals,” a Brooklyn supervisor said.

A source said Corey told bosses, “You have a mayor and a police commissioner backing you up, don’t waste this opportunity.”

“We go back to what works. It’s an exciting time,” he added.

Police chiefs also noted that Friday – when nine people were shot, compared to just one on the same day last year – was a hot day and said they did not want the shootings to continue to escalate as as temperatures rise, sources said.

According to the guidelines, cops assigned to Adams’ newly created anti-weapons units – which drive around in unmarked cars blasting people packing heat – will report to work four hours later and work from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. morning in all 12 precincts in the Bronx and two — the 73rd and 75th — in Brooklyn, sources said.

Department Chief Kenneth Corey allegedly told people at the NYPD that "we go back to what works."
Department head Kenneth Corey reportedly told the NYPD folks that “we’re getting back to what works.”
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A man was shot in the hand and a woman was shot in the foot inside the Showtime Bar and Lounge located at 119-12 101st Avenue.
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These crime-ridden areas account for more than half of the shootings that take place in the city, sources said.

In addition, local “neighborhood coordination officers” will shift from assisting detectives in investigating unsolved crimes to enforcing quality of life offenses including littering and fare evasion, it said. sources.

Any suspect who has missed two or more appearances in the past two years will not be eligible for an appearance ticket and will instead be arrested and sent for arraignment, sources said.

The new NYPD Anti-Weapons Unit uniforms.
The new NYPD Anti-Weapons Unit uniforms.

The moves mark a return to zero-tolerance policing and “broken windows” strategies that were widely credited with reducing crime in the Big Apple during the 1990s.

NYPD “youth coordination officers” assigned to various schools around the city will also spend their time patrolling nearby parks when classes are not in session, sources said.

The NCO and YCO redeployments will put more than 500 cops on the streets for at least part of their shifts, sources said.

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