Mayor Eric Adams Tells NYPD Commanding Officers to “Fully Immerse Themselves” in their Communities, Better Motivate their Officers
By Yehudit Garmaise
Mayor Eric Adams called 77 NYPD precinct commanders, approximately 23 additional top officials of the police department to listen to their best ideas to put an end to the ever-rising crime that plagues the city.
“[The mayor] really wanted to hear our ideas,” said one commander, who reported that Adams went around the room and listened carefully to everyone’s input: more than he spoke, NY1 reported. The NYPD’s top cops “walked away feeling that the mayor supports them.”
The mayor did, however, advise the precinct leaders, to get out from behind their desks, hit the streets to engage more with the people in their neighborhoods, and to better motivate the officers in their commands.
Another part of Adams’ instructions for COs to fully immerse themselves in their local communities was to establish close ties with local leaders, such as principals of the local school, and leaders in charge of homeless services and other social services agencies in their areas, reported police officers who met at Police Headquarters.
“I need everybody to buy in,” said Mayor Adams, who also soon plans to meet with the heads of the transit precincts.
While Chris Monahan, the president of the Captains Endowment Association, said that the meeting was positive and productive, he also felt that many important and touchier issues that contribute greatly to the crime surges in NYC were not broached.
Among the topics that have yet to be hashed out between the mayor and the COs is what Monahan called the “over-zealous and unexperienced” Citizen Complaint Review Board (CCRB), prosecutors who refuse to charge and prosecute criminals, and the ways in which the state legislature “is OK with keeping violence criminals on the streets.”
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