Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says reassigning officers from that beat has allowed the NYPD to refocus its efforts, especially on gun arrests.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea is standing by his decision to disband the NYPD's controversial anti-crime unit.
Speaking on NY1 Tuesday morning, Shea made it clear that it was his call and not the mayor's to get rid of the plainclothes unit this past summer.
Some officers that worked that particular beat were involved in contentious shootings of civilians, and drew a number of complaints from New Yorkers.
Shea believes reassigning these officers has allowed the department to refocus its efforts, especially on gun arrests.
Shea said so far this year, there has been a 60% to 70% percent rise in gun arrests. However, he also believes the court system is allowing too many of these suspects back out onto the streets.
"It's not, ‘we need more gun arrests.’ We need, when we make a gun arrest, that they are treated seriously in the court system. That there's consequences. And you gotta have that swift and certain consequences for when you commit these crimes,” Shea said on “Mornings On 1.”
Shea also pledged to keep subway riders safe after recent violent crimes in mass transit.
He said despite these crimes, the year-to-date numbers on major crimes in transit has fallen nearly 60%.