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The Call Blog: Police Commissioner Reports Overall Crime Down, Shootings Up

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I'm glad to see that crime is down overall, but concerned that shootings are up.
Since the NYPD's "Summer All Out" initiative began on July 7th, I have noticed more police officer around the five boroughs in the evening hours and in the subway system. I'm glad to see more police officers, and believe that more police officers should be sent out permanently.

Your thoughts and comments are posted below.



Police Commissioner Bill Bratton released updated crime statistics today that showed overall crime is down three percent from this time last year. Bratton also said crimes on mass transit and in public housing developments have decreased, along with robberies in every borough. In addition, shootings have dropped in recent weeks, but are still up nine percent compared to 2013.

Bratton also criticized the sergeants union for saying earlier this week that New York City was returning to the "bad old days of high crime." The top cop said the drop in overall crime proves initiatives like Operation Summer All Out are working. In early July, 313 officers left their desk jobs for three months to patrol 15 high-crime precincts. What do you say?

What's your reaction to the statistics released today? Why do you think overall crime is down, but shootings remain higher than last year? Do you agree with the Commissioner Bratton or the sergeants union when it comes to the future of this City? Would you like to see the 313 desk duty cops remain on beat patrol permanently?

Send your thoughts using the link above.



I WANT MORE PATROL OFFICERS WALKING THE BEAT. I FEEL THAT ACT WOULD FOSTER TRUSTWORTHY RELATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY THEY PATROL. I WANT PEOPLE TO BE INSTRUCTED WITH WHAT THEIR ACTIONS SHOULD BE WHEN AN OFFICER QUESTIONS THEM OR EFFECTS AN ARREST AGAINST THEM, TO RESIST MAY CORRECTLY RESULT IN POSSIBLE INJURY.

Joe
Bay Terrace


The 313 beat cops should remain on beat patrol throughout the NYCHA buildings, there should be more because some of the NYCHA developments are big and everyone would feel safer espically after they install the cameras, brand new lighting and take down the useless scaffolding. The reason why crime is down is because Operation Summer All Out is working, more community center should be open so the young kids will have someplace to go after school to stay out of trouble if they don't want to go home. The NYPD should have more gun buyback programs so that people that have guns can turn them in for cash or a gift crtificate to buy their kids back to school clothes, thw kids are our future.

Herman
Upper West Side



I don't believe anything Bratton and members of his Depatment says.

Joe
Port Richmond



It seems as though no one in this administration is on the same page. Everyone continues to be question repeatedly. Especially the Police Commissioner. When questions arise then they all come up with stats/polls whatever they choose to call them. A good example is that they still have so many unresolved problems with NYCHA. There are problems with the Pre-K. It seems as though there is going to be private ownership for the Pre-K venues. How do they keep track of all of these educators that will be responsible for all of these children. School has been out for a few months now and they still have questions about Pre-K. It's time to go back to school already and why did they wait until the last minute.
Every morning when I have my coffee there is already 1 to 3 shootings reported on TV. That's everyday. I know it's off program but this is a general problem with this administration in that they only address problems when a problem is brought to their attention.
WHEN DO THEY GET WITH THE PROGRAM ??

Maxxiee
Morris Park



Once again it's proof that getting Officers from behind the Desk and back on Patrol really works. It is important that all possible positions be given to Civilians. More Civilian Positions is a must.

J.
Inwood



I think Bratton is a political pawn and is giving inaccurate information. Get rid of him.

Roscoe,
Park Hill



We have a police force of about 35, 000 men and women who join then go elsewhere after two to three years of duty, if that, to police five borough communities of over 500,000 people. Yet we expect them to perform miracles of crime fighting, life-saving and from time-to-time, taking down the bad guys. My reaction to the statistics is that when are we going to stop playing this numbers game and make the police force of New York an attractive career where even members of many of our minority based communities will find not only attractive but a viable career to create safe communities. No matter what career, there will be bad apples. Get rid of them-for good.

That a life was cut short for selling what we called back in the day 'loosies', was bad enough. To actually see on prime time TV, thanks to news stations and their negative portrayals of minority men, America witnessed how EMT medics and NYPD officers stood by while Mr. Garner was saying he "could not breathe." Race will always be a major issue when we are perceived as overgrown animals that have to be taken down by more than one bullet.

Lee
Astoria



How can anyone say (let alone think) that crime has gone down in NYC?!? The economy isn't helping the situation! Transits up, foods up, rents up. People losing their jobs and homes.
People are desperate and in need. They rob people on the street, taxis, stores, even killing little kids in elevators. Sadly even the cops themselves are causing crime (as what happened with the incident in Staten Island). Open your eyes and see that crime has not gone down!!

Victor
Bensonhurst



Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says that crime in mass transit and public housing developments have decreased, along with robberies in every borough and in addition, shootings have dropped in recent weeks. Really? Where is he getting his information from? If he believes that, then I have a bridge to sell to hi!. Because, when it comes to public housing, crime hasn't gone down, it's has gotten worse, with problem tenants and their equally disruptive families, along with those "homeless"/formerly homeless, whose homelessness, was/is the results of their life-style habits(illegal activities) and continuing to engage in these activities. Crime in public housing include, kicking locked lobby doors to gain illegal entry, by those who aren't residents, who along with problem tenants, who urinate and defecate in the stairwells. While those are considered quality-of-life issues, they're troubling and disruptive to the law-abiding residents, none-the-less. As for his criticism of the sergeant's union, for saying that New York City was returning to the "bad old days of high crime". They're absolutely right and commissioner Bratton is wrong! Until these issues are aggressively addressed, without of the race-baiters, expect crime to get even worse, not better!

Cecilia
East Williamsburg



Hello john.nyc is not returning to the bad old days.bad areas always have higher crime.we are lucky to have mr bratton.

Joey
Staten Island



The truth of the matter is that crime might not be as high as the old days however, I can tell you that crime statistics and complaints are watered down everyday across the city. Every reported crime is analyzed at each local precinct and every angle of the reported incident is studied to see how the report can be reduced from a felony report to a misdemeanor.

Stan



NYCHA wants more cameras, politicians want to put recording devises on police, advocates want to armchair quarterback necessary arrests. Sounds like the same insane recipe that was used to suspend, fire, and even arrest a whole lot of New York City's hard working Correction Officers, which is the reason why the crooks are completely running the city's entire jail system. I just thank God NYPD has a far stronger union than DOC, so maybe we won't have to see these same criminals take over our city.

Carnal
Bronx



we are not back to the old days yet. but shootings and drug dealing is up. bratton is famous for quoting stats, he is a dinosaur. bringing him back was a mistake, there are a lot of capable persons to fill that spot. yes deblasio is hand cuffing the police. and yes take more cops off desk and put them out to do the job they were hired for. great show

Herb
Harlem



10% is A LOT!! For shootings I really don't understand why they stopped the stop and frisk.

Mary



NO POLICE OFFICER SHOULD BE ASSIGN TO DESK DUTIES THEY SHOULD PERFORM THE JOB THEY WERE HIRE TO DO.

Pedro
Bronx



The truth of the matter is that crime might not be as high as the old days however, I can tell you that crime statistics and complaints are watered down everyday across the city. Every reported crime is analyzed at each local precinct and every angle of the reported incident is studied to see how the report can be reduced from a felony report to a misdemeanor.

Stan
Pelham Bay



having cops removed from there desk to work the streets and also wearing body cameras , are the best solutions to solve crime , if not ....this city is close to another ferguson !!

Steve
South Ozone



Because of the prevalence of surveillance cameras, we are fortunately catching a lot more people in the act of committing crimes. However, there were always too many guns on the streets because there were always psychopaths, gangsters and guns. Remember Al Capone and his crew? And the wild, wild west?

Peggy
Washington Heights



Why do Blacks get so upset when a white person kills a black but when a black kills a black there are no riots, protests, etc?

Michael



The Presidents of the PBA and the SBA only care about getting re-elected to their cushy jobs which include full pay and benefits from the city, even though they don't work as cops anymore, and a large salary from their unions including large expense accounts and fancy offices.

Mario
Chelsea



The bad guys are getting comfy, shootings are up 700 percent in some precincts. Park Slope, Cobble hill lower and south of 96th st Manhattan, Riverdale all unaffected. The rise in shootings will soon turn into robberies and other violent crimes mostly affecting lower income neighborhoods and housing developments. As far as "all out" What was the cost/overtime bill for that compared to last year ? Stop and Frisk was an excellent police tool that was completely overused under Commissioner Kelly, Pre Kelly there was a better balance. Cops did it when they felt someone was suspicious, alot of guns, weapons, drugs and burglar perps were caught this way. Under Kelly the cops stopped whoever they could cause they were forced too. As far as cops on desks - If its not sensitive information then of course put them on the street unless there is a real reason they are assigned inside ( scared ? )

Edward
Harlem



Whenever the police don't want to do their jobs, that pays them salaries, benefits, and pensions, either citizens should demand their termination or they should just quit.
Who do they think they are that they don't need any oversight ? The fear mongering won't work; the civil settlements are a result of very poor decisions made by unqualified police....period

Ken
Harlem



SBA PRESIDENT HAS A HISTORY OF MAKING IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE,THE SBA PRES. WAS AN EARLY ENDORSER OF PRES. CANDIDATE MITCH ROMNEY;CLAIMING ROMNEY WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING FOR NEW YORK WORKERS DESPITE A DEVOTION TO VULTURE CAPITALISM. ROMNEY's CONTEMPT FOR UNIONS IN GENERAL AND SUPPORT FOR RIGHT TO WORK LAWS APPEARS TO BE OF NO CONCERN TO THE SBA PRES. NYC DIDN'T GO FROM BEING THE SO CALLED SAFEST BIG CITY TO BEING SO SCARY THAT HIPSTERS ARE BUYING UP PROPERTY TO THE TUNE OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!!

Anonymous



Crime is always reclassified at the precinct level and then is reported all the way up to Compstat. Commanding Officers don't want to show crime spikes in their precincts. Everyone knows this.

Kate
Midtown East



Your first caller was 100% correct, my son in law is a NYPD officer. He says he feels beaten up. For the first time in his career he hates going to work, He is tired of being taunted by teenagers holding there hands up, and saying don't shoot, and people on the street snaring at him as though he is the enemy.

Ed
Murray Hill



Being a police officer is just like any other job if there's a lack of supervision they begin to slack off. Actually I feel more comfortable walking my neighborhood now that stop and frisk slowed down. I don't feel that crime is on the rise at least not in norwood or west fordham. The police presence alone makes a big difference but you don't see many cops around. Just yesterday I saw a cop hiding in the subway staircase on his cellphone

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