NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department plans to run its "Summer All Out" program to prevent a surge in violence as the weather gets warmer.
Hundreds of additional officers across 10 commands will hit the streets, with a special focus on keeping gun violence down.
"They're going to be out there keeping New Yorkers safe, um talking to New Yorkers, making sure that they don't have to deal with some of the gun fire and things of that nature that we unfortunately see this time of year is we see some crime spikes," said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
The police commissioner also said the number of officers out sick is down to pre-coronavirus levels.
At the height of the pandemic, nearly 20 percent of the force called out sick.
Meantime, the City Council on Friday was meeting virtually to discuss the police activity during the pandemic.
The remote oversight hearing is centered around on the NYPD's enforcement of social distancing measures.
The mayor previously tasked the NYPD with enforcing social distancing and ensuring people wear face coverings.
Soon after, numerous incidents like this video taken on May 13 of a black mother getting in a scuffle with officers began surfacing on social media.
Additionally, black and Latin New Yorkers accounted for 90 percent of arrests and summonses.
Some elected officials are suggesting public health professionals and community groups lead public education efforts to get people to follow social distancing guidelines.
Mayor de Blasio has said the decision is his alone but ultimately the City Council does have the power to overrule him.