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The Call Blog: With One Anti-Violence Program Working, Another Expands

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I've definitely noticed many more police officers in my neighborhood and especially on the subway platforms and trains. While it does make me feel safer, I'm not sure that it will help curb crime in the long-run. Like many of our viewers stated tonight, I believe residents and leaders in high-crime neighborhoods need to take initiative themselves before police-community relations improve, which would hopefully lead to less crime in New York City.

Your thoughts and comments are posted below.



I welcome more money being put into the GVCMS i think it'll help because people should talk about what they're mad about and try to work the problem out, i know if people have access to more job training and mental health services that'll help too it'll give people a chance to have money in their pocket and they will feel better mentally and physcially. I'm glad the Operation Summer All Out program is working, but more have to be done with police relations with the minority communities to many minority people are getting killed while in police custody, the NYPD have to stop the racism against minority people we have rights too, thank god for people like the honorable Rev Al Sharpton.

Herman
Upper West Side



Having more police on the streets is always a plus in deterring crime, and the mayors program for additional resources on crime prevention and socio-economic improvements, as well as mental health services will be money well spent.

Felix
Bay Ridge



The big question is, why were highly paid cops on desk duty to begin with? I support as do most who send comments to The Call, increased street presence of cops. Any anti-gun regulation is a violation of property rights and the right to self defense. Every citizen has the right to own a gun and to use it in self defense. Any prohibition of gun ownership is pure fascism.

Joe
Port Richmond



The politicians screwed up the school system and are now working on screwing up the police department. Bring Kelly back.

Roscoe
Park Hill



I haven't noticed too much if I have seen extra police walking in my neighborhood of BayRidge, but what I do remember is back in my day, police were walking the streets almost everyday that we even knew the name of the officer. When the officer told us to move away, we moved without any argument. We respected him. Today is a different time and era. There are too many guns being used by gangs and other individuals to harm and put fear in neighborhoods. I absolutely agree to put more officers on the streets away from their desk jobs and also agree that police officers today need better training. We have to go back to the day when police officers were respected and they respected us.

Ralph
Bay Ridge



All I know is that there seem to always be at least one shooting every day in the Bronx.
All this mayor and his administration keeps doing is adding good money after bad. We also now have "violence interrupters" . This to me is almost being treated in the same manor as day care. So all that I can see or get out of this is that we have laws and yet people are not satisfied because they seem to want a free pass for their actions. One can not keep breaking the law. Who would be the ones to make decisions about crisis management system and mental health. It's hit or miss with this administration and if one thing doesn't work they try another. That's exactly what happened with the school system. The problem is that no one followers orders and they just do as they please and so here we are back to square one again.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



AGREE. Officers hanging at the nearest donut shop and/or sitting around for seven of eight hours isn't very productive. You know this assignment will strictly be for new recruits. Honestly, I don't care. Having non-aggressive officers on the streets where it's absolutely is necessary as a deterrent is a positive thing for everyone. I say all year around to deter crime and to make everyone feel safer on both ends. NYC has many issues. How long will it take for the homelessness to have a roof over the heads? For parents to have steady income to support their families and not rely on food stamps? For those who are mentally challenge, will they also get the help they really need? I truly hope this and more can be fulfilled with our new administration.

Nowal
Financial District



You can put all the cops on the street – it won’t stop any crime. Crime will only stop when the community gets involved. That means people raising their children and teaching them right from wrong. I am afraid with all the one parent households running rampant that anything goes -- and that is trouble for all of us

Ben
Brooklyn Heights



About a month ago I suddenly seen police officers on most street corners in my neighborhood in the late evenings. I would like to see more neighborhood activities and events that bring people together which may reduce crime and improve community communications.

Kevin
Clifton



Can the police follow the guns sold in other states like they do fireworks?

Joe
Staten Island



I agree with Crystal from Manhattan. I've lived in NYC almost all my life and it's never been like this. Some of the neighborhoods this program is targeting ARE filled with people from other countries where shooting/killing someone over practically nothing, and anything, is a way of life.

Rhonda
Brooklyn



NYPD statistics show an initiative to move 313 officers from desk jobs to high-crime neighborhoods is apparently working. Operation "Summer All Out" started July 7th, and police say shootings in 10 targeted precincts have dropped 25% since then. Police report that six of those neighborhoods saw a decrease in shootings, but three witnessed an increase and one remained the same.

The news comes the same day Mayor de Blasio announces a $12.7 million expansion of an anti-gun initiative already in place in five precincts. De Blasio says another nine neighborhoods will now get visits from "violence interrupters" who will intervene and try to "quell street disputes." In addition, residents will have access to more job training and mental health services.

Have you noticed more police in your neighborhood this summer? If shootings are down, should these officers be moved from their desk jobs permanently? Do you welcome the $12.7 million expansion of the "Gun Violence Crisis Management System" in high-crime neighborhoods? If access to more job training and mental health services won't reduce crime, what will?

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