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Reassigned NYPD Officers Begin Summer Violence Patrols

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The New York City Police Department says with recent police academy graduates and temporary transfers of police officers from desk jobs, about 1,000 more officers are on the street. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

The New York City Police Department top brass is sending a message to communities and the criminals: more cops are on the way.

"Those residents who do live in areas that have traditionally been high-crime, shootings, homicides, to the best of our ability, try to assign our resources there so that we can bring crime levels down for them also," said Police Commissioner William Bratton.

For the next 90 days, police officers who have been on desk jobs or special assignments will be hitting the streets in 10 precincts and five housing police service areas.

Three hundred and thirteen officers have been transferred from about 30 non-enforcement divisions like the academy, medical and the applications division. But are they still patrol-ready?

"They have to remember from where they came," said NYPD Chief of Patrol James O'Neill. "They're going through a two-day refresher class, and then they're going to be, most of them are going to be walking foot posts. They have a gun. They have a shield. They'll remember how to do it."

The move has been designed to address an increase in shootings from last year.

Despite the spike in shootings, the department says murders and most major crimes are down for the first six months of this year.

Areas in the Bronx and Brooklyn will be getting nearly all of the summer officers. Many people who live in the 47th Precinct near the Edenwald houses in the Bronx have plenty of stories about gun violence.

"She heard two groups of kids arguing. She took the kids upstairs, and next minute, you know, she heard shots, and I think a 16-year-old got killed," said one Bronx resident. "Something's got to be done. Too many guns on the street."

"My brother was one of the victims, but he survived, thank God," said another resident. "But I mean, if there got to be more cops, then there got to be more cops."

The department said police officers are being trained to be friendlier and engaging.

"We're going back into having steady foot posts among our officers, and the theory is is that they're going to see the same people every day, but more importantly, the people in the community are going to see the same cops every single day."

It's what they call community policing.

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