The first wave of the New York City Police Department’s new anti-gun squads took to the streets Monday – beginning patrols in several neighborhoods plagued by gun violence.
Approximately 168 police officers from the department’s neighborhood security teams – a key pillar of Mayor Eric Adams’ crime-fighting plan – are entering 28 areas where shootings have increased during the pandemic.
The remaining 300 or so officers will be added on an ongoing basis after completing their seven-day training, police officials said.
“They will be intensively trained in minimal force techniques, advanced tactics and hitchhiking,” department head Ken Corey said Friday. “De-escalation is essential to all of this, communication skills are a big part of it, courtroom training and, as the police commissioner has indicated, constitutional policing.”
The officials deployed in phase one – the has been pushed back a few weeks from the previous start date – patrol the following areas:
- Manhattan’s boroughs 23, 25, 32, and 34
- Boroughs 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48 and 52 of the Bronx
- Brooklyn 67, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81 and 83 wards
- Districts 103, 105 and 113 of Queens
- Housing PSA 2, 3, 5 and 7
Each unit will have one sergeant for every five officers, police sources said. If more than one unit is assigned to a district, a lieutenant will oversee them.
The new teams are something like a fresh start for the department controversial crime-fighting Entity disbanded in 2020 under the last government.
But in stark contrast to the plainclothes detectives, the cops in the new units are clearly marked as NYPD officers.
They wear navy blue tactical pants, black boots or shoes with a polo shirt, quarter-zip sweatshirt, or neighborhood safety vest that clearly says NYPD on the front and back, along with patches with the officer’s name, shield, rank, and command officers. according to a police statement obtained by The Post.
Neighborhood security officers also have the option of wearing a baseball cap or knit hat with NYPD white stitching, the memo adds.
Officers will patrol in undercover cars, which will eventually all be equipped with dashboard cameras.
Officers assigned to the old crime-fighting unit wore street clothes and were identified as police officers only by the badge around their neck or belt.
This unit had a history of high-profile shootings and deaths involving police — including the 2014 incident in which a plainclothes police officer killed Eric Garner with stranglehold.
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