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Sources: Hundreds of NYPD Officers Reassigned to High Crime Areas

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Police sources tell NY1 that more police officers are scheduled to hit the streets.

Top police sources tell NY1 that approximately 360 officers who are mostly on desk duty or special assignment will be placed back on patrol this summer for a 90-day period.

The officers will be sent to 10 precincts or housing areas that are facing issues this year.

Although shootings are up from last year, 2014 still has the second-lowest number of shooting incidents in the last 20 years.

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there's no correlation between the end of stop-and-frisk and the rise in the number of shootings.

"The bottom line here is, we take the shooting statistics very, very seriously. I review them every day. I know Commissioner Bratton reviews them constantly," said de Blasio. "We are very proud of the fact that overall crime is down almost 3 percent, we're very proud of the fact that murders are down, but we do notice with concern the fact that shootings have been up slightly."

The mayor said he will continue to work with police to find different ways to bring shooting numbers down.

In response, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in part, "City Hall has ignored the dramatically diminished staffing in the NYPD for well over a decade and now this administration is left to fix the problem. Hiring more police officers is critical to addressing this problem and it must begin immediately."

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