Mayor Eric Adams said Sunday he was “concerned” about an increase in crime during the hot summer months as he vowed to soon deploy more NYPD anti-gun squads to patrol the five boroughs.
“The summer months are difficult months and we worry about them because January, February, [and] March,” he told the PIX on Politics host on PIX 11.
The mayor went on to announce the city’s expansion of summer youth jobs to 100,000 job opportunities, pledged to “strengthen” the crisis management system, and the introduction of the NYPD’s neighborhood security teams tasked with arresting illegal firearms.
Adam’s comments come as serious crime and gun violence are already on the rise ahead of the hot summer months, when shootings tend to increase. New NYPD data released last week showed a 37 percent increase in serious crime across the city and that shootings rose 16.2 percent in March and year to date.
In mid-March, in an attempt to quell gun violence in the Big Apple, Adams launched a new hybrid plainclothes police force known as Neighborhood Safety Teams to replace the undercover teams tasked with gun busts annihilated under his predecessor.
When asked by PIX host Dan Mannarino Sunday morning, “Would you like to see more units over the summer months, and if so, how many?” Adams replied, “Yes, we do,” without specifying the amount.
“We have to do a couple of things: We have to analyze the staffing levels of the police department. Too many cops are doing civilian jobs,” Adams continued, repeating his February promise of an “immediate transfer” of desk-duty cops. “I need them back on the streets, we need them to do the jobs New Yorkers hired them to do. Let civilians do civilian work.”
After the slightly delayed rollout of NSTs on March 14, a central part of Adams’ plan to reduce shootings, the NYPD added five more units on March 21, The Post exclusively reported at the time. About 170 officers formed the first wave of units that patrolled 28 neighborhoods where shootings have increased during the pandemic.
The new plainclothes squads – a revised version of the anti-crime teams disbanded by former Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in the summer of 2020 for their involvement in a “disproportionate” share of misconduct and shooting complaints – wear uniforms that they clearly identify as NYPD identify plainclothes officers as opposed to the old squads.
Adams has repeatedly promised that the new teams will not repeat the mistakes of the “abusive” anti-crime units.
But while Adams has billed the NSTs as an “anti-gun unit” rather than an anti-crime unit, the majority of his officers’ arrests so far have been for suspected crimes unrelated to firearms, a senior NYPD revealed officer on Wednesday during a criminal investigation.
The NSTs have made 135 arrests, and only 25 of those — or 19% — were for firearms, department head Ken Corey said. Of those arrested on gun charges, four were juveniles, five have felony counts and seven had previous felony convictions, he said. Overall, 91 of the 135 were handcuffed, 57 had previously been arrested for felonies and 21 were on probation or on probation when taken into custody, Corey said.
On Sunday morning during his television appearance, Adams expressed his appreciation for state legislators and Gov. Kathy Hochul, including changes to progressive criminal justice reforms in the new fiscal year’s budget – but reiterated that there was still more work to be done in Albany before the end of the legislative session At the beginning of June.
“I thank God for the lawmakers who understood what I said and for the governor who worked with her as she presented her 10-point plan. There’s more to do,” Adams said. “We need to make sure there are no loopholes for anyone committing a violent crime in the city.”
“So I commend them for what has been done,” he added. “It was a real W, but there’s more to do and we’ve got a few more months in Albany to do it.”
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