Murders, shootings, robberies went down in 2016 and Continue in 2017
In 2016 New York City recorded its fewest number of shootings and almost set a new record low for homicides since comparable record keeping began more than two decades ago. This is quite an accomplishment after the reduction of low-level arrests and the use of stop, question and frisk. Through the use of technology, data collection, police strategies and community engagement the department has kept crime down and the citizens of NYC thank the department for their gallant efforts.
“This is what 21st century policing looks like, it’s data driven, it’s smarter, it’s more effective,” said Chief Dermot Shea, deputy commissioner for operations. “And here’s the important part: It works.”
The city had 335 homicides in 2016. The lowest since comparable record keeping for murders began in the 1960s was 333 in 2014. The all-time high was 2,245 in 1990. Police officials reported 998 shooting incidents in 2016, even as other cities, particularly Chicago, saw double-digit increases. Chicago had 762 murders and 3,550 shooting incidents last year and the city’s homicide rate was more than New York and Los Angeles combined. “New York has been so successful that representatives from Chicago’s police department came to the NYPD to learn about its strategies,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
The nation needs to do something about cities like Chicago and it is a great thing when NYPD can share its blueprint for success. What has to happen now is that the residents and community groups from both cities need to also join forces and work as a team to make sure that we never have another year in the windy city like 2016.
“None of this happened by accident,” said O’Neill. “It’s because of the hard work, the men and women of the NYPD who patrol all of our neighborhoods day in and day out and the communities that support us.”
You can be sure that the Mayor’s and City Council’s Cure Violence initiative played a key role towards helping the Department keep crime down. There was also a focus on Gang Violence as gang leaders were targeted and given ultimatums regarding their involvement in criminal activities. Rounded up violent gangs played a key role as the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council has been urging police and elected officials for the last 7 years to focus more on gang activities through their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project, which his co-sponsored by Power 105.1 radio.
It is the goals of NYC residents and the NYPD to work even closer to further reduce the number of killings in our city. A single death is one too many and if the community becomes even more proactive we will reduce crime in 2017. And more important if we can reach out to our neighbors and help them make their city even safer that is what the NY spirit is all about; reaching out and making this country and safer and a better place to live. We applaud NYPD for all their hard work and look forward to working with them once again using the power of Hip-Hop to address gun and gang violence.