NYPD Commissioner James ONeill outlined today his new vision for six New York City precincts that have violent crime rates more than twice as high as the rest of the city; among the targeted areas are Brownsvilles 73rd Precinct and East New Yorks 75th Precinct.

In the coming weeks, a team of NYPD executives will hold meetings in the six precincts to identify new strategies and allocate resources to reduce crime rates in those neighborhoods to levels seen across the rest of New York city, ONeill said.

Expanding on the NYPD's Neighborhood Policing model, the new strategies build on new technology and programs to strengthen police-community relations
NYPD Police Commissioner James O’ Neill (m.) with Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker (l.) and Chief of Department Terence Monahan (r.). Photo credit: 1NYC.gov

“East New York and Brownsville can and should be as safe as Brooklyn Heights,” said O’Neill. “We get there when we all come together, talk frankly and recommit ourselves to this mission.

ONeills vision builds on the expansion of his signature neighborhood policing model. Strategies he outlined in his speech include a smartphone app which would provide officers with contacts for all government services to connect residents people in need with available resources and help, expanding community programs where officers interact with youth in public housing, and the newly developed virtual reality game “Options” aimed to improve relationships between police and teens, and to present the kids with positive alternatives to crime and gang affiliations.

Expanding on the NYPD's Neighborhood Policing model, the new strategies build on new technology and programs to strengthen police-community relations
NYPD unveiled the new virtual reality game “Options” which aims to present positive alternatives to crime and gang affiliation in a playful way.

“We say that we are the safest large city in America, and we certainly are when our citywide crime rate is compared to the other biggest cities in the country, said ONeill. “The murder rate is a tenth of what it once was and the total crime has been cut by 78 percent. We wont rest until every block in every neighborhood enjoys the same level of safety and well-being as the rest of the city. Your zip code must never be the primary determiner of your safety.

The NYPD also released the 2019 Commissioners Report, which includes detailed accounts of key operations and achievements, giving New Yorkers an inside look at how the NYPD keeps them safe.

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