There will reportedly be one million fewer searches, arrests, and tickets from the New York City Police Department this year.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton tells the Daily News he expects a major decrease in law enforcement contacts with the public.
He attributes this to a dramatic scaling back of stop and frisk searches, low-level marijuana arrests, and summonses for infractions like public drinking, riding a bike on the sidewalk, and jaywalking.
Bratton says the new approach will reduce tension between police and the communities they serve, particularly among black and Hispanic New Yorkers.
The commissioner also says his plan calls for an increase in the number of police officers and he will negotiate with the mayor and City Council to hire more officers.
The NYPD, meanwhile, is said to be looking to increase its contact with the public via social media.
On Tuesday, the 109th precinct in Queens tweeted it will launch the next phase of the NYPD's social media experience.
According to the New York Times, that includes a crowdsourcing program called IdeaScale.
It allows people to input their ideas over the web and then have the community vote on which ones deserve the department's attention.
Some New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 say they believe it's a good idea.
"They have to come out with something like, you know, something reasonable that listens to the people, what they can do about it. It's not easy. I'm telling you it's not easy what the police is doing," said one New Yorker.
According to the Times, only a few thousand people who have given their email addresses to community leaders will be asked to join in on the pilot program.