NYPD’s Neighborhood Safety Teams Remove Guns, Restore Order to City’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
By Yehudit Garmaise
In Mayor Eric Adams’ first 100 days in office, the NYPD has removed 1,100 illegal guns from the streets, he said on NY1 on Friday.
To amplify his efforts to drive down violent crime, on March 14, Adams launched the NYPD’s Neighborhood Safety Teams (NST) as a uniformed anti-gun unit that has been first deployed to the city’s 30 precincts with the highest crimes rates.
In the first three weeks of the NSTs, which are divided into 30 teams of five police officers and one sergeant, they have made 26 arrests for illegal gun possession.
In line with Mayor Adams’ thinking that smaller crimes and disorder in a city create a culture of permissiveness that allows criminals to think they will get away with more serious and more violent crimes, the NSTs are on the lookout for lower-level crimes as well.
The NST, for instance, have made 27 arrests for criminal possession of forged items, such as fake IDs, according to cityandstateny.
Criminal possession of a firearm was the second-most frequent charge, with 26 arrests, and the third most-frequent charge in the past three weeks has been drug possession: with 24 arrests.
The number of New Yorkers who were charged for driving with a suspended or revoked licenses since March 14 was 11: making that misdemeanor the fourth most-frequent type of arrest the NSTs has made.
By cracking down on non-violent crimes as well as violent ones, the NYPD is showing that it is serious about restoring the city’s order, which has long been shown to correlate to lowering crime rates.
In the 1990s, for instance, former Mayor Andrew Giuliani famously used the approach for police to go after smaller crimes as well as larger ones to dramatically drive down crime in NYC.
The strategy to increase enforcement of vandalism, drug use, and public indecency is called the “broken windows” approach because when residents see that broken windows, graffiti, and vandalism go unrepaired and uncleaned, city dwellers are simultaneously sent the message that disrespectful and unlawful behavior goes unnoticed and unpunished.
Keechant, who has said she is laser-focused on driving down crime, said the NYPD’s approach to address “quality-of-life complaints” is welcomed by the city’s communities that are most often the victims of violent crimes.