The NYPD is set to roll out a second wave of Neighborhood Safety Teams nearly one week after the initiative was launched to get guns off city streets.
“This is what precision policing is about,” Mayor Eric Adams said Monday, touting the specialized anti-gun unit as efficient and effective.
Surrounded by NYPD leaders, he announced that in the six days since the team’s rollout, its officers have made 31 arrests and seized 10 illegal guns.
“These impressive results represent the next era of responsive, responsible crime fighting, built and strengthened by the neighborhood-specific concerns of the people who live and work here,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
Adams and Sewell said the unit is focused on gangs and crews and the few who perpetuate the most violence.
They stressed that this unit has learned from the failings of the plainclothes anti-crime unit that was disbanded and that was involved in some high-profile deaths.
“The failures of the past is we stopped anyone, searched anyone based on their ethnicity and based on the demographics and zip code, where they may have lived,” Adam said. “We’re not doing that.”
But the update on the Neighborhood Safety Team’s progress came after an especially bloody weekend of gun violence: 24 shooting incidents in three days with 29 victims, on top of other crimes, including stabbings.
Adams said when he took office, “This city was out of control. How many times I gotta say that?”
He added: “You have to start changing the mindset on the streets, you have to start understanding what we were doing in the past is not what is going to happen now.”
Adams additionally discussed his talks on combating gun violence with mayors during his recent visits to Washington, D.C., Chicago and Baton Rouge, LA.
He said he’ll continue to travel and share techniques.