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De Blasio touts neighborhood policing as crime hits record low

January 03, 2019 - 11:42 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neil were at the 67th precinct in Brooklyn on Thursday, reflecting on record-low crime numbers for 2018.

As of last Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017. That year's figure was itself the lowest in decades.

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Prosecutors in Brooklyn said the most significant declines were in Coney Island, where not a single killing occurred in 2018, compared to eight in 2017.

Overall, there were 1,245 fewer incidents in 2018 versus the previous year marking the lowest number of murders, robberies, burglaries, and shootings in the modern era.

O'Neill pointed to community policing for building a bond between cops and the neighborhoods they serve.

“The skill and dedication of the men and women of the NYPD are keeping New York City the safest big city in America. With stronger bonds of trust with the community created with neighborhood policing; a singular focus on violent crimes and those who commit them; and ever stronger coordination with our law enforcement partners, we can continue to drive crime down even lower in 2019,” he said.

The mayor says the tactic is the model for the future of law enforcement.

“Our city is yet again the safest big city in America thanks to the work our NYPD officers and community leaders are doing block by block across our five boroughs,” he said. “Neighborhood policing in New York City has defied the naysayers to become the model for 21st century American law enforcement.”