NYPD in Brownsville

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NYPD applying ‘holistic’ approach to crime fighting in city’s most violent neighborhoods

February 05, 2019 - 3:27 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City saw 27 murders last month, that's five more than in January 2018, but overall the NYPD says crime was down.

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The drop in major crimes continues throughout the city, but there are troubled neighborhoods and those six precincts are getting special attention.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill will meet with community and business leaders in Brownsville where there were 47 shootings last year in a 2 square mile area.

"Try to get to the root cause and see what we can do to prevent the violence from happening in the first place," he said.

Hate crimes are up dramatically, with 49 so far this year compared to 19 in 2018. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said many are anti-Semitic.

"We've had one individual account for 10 to 15 separate incidents," Shea said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it's about making every New Yorker feel safe.

“Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in their home. While crime is at a historic low across the city, this is unfortunately not the reality in every neighborhood,” he said. "We are doubling down on our efforts to bring these communities and police together to find new ways to fight crime and make our City safer and fairer."

Officials are looking to a 'holistic' approach to crime fighting that involves reaching out to a 'cross section' of the neighborhood.

Other neighborhoods being targeted for improvement are the South Bronx, Hunts Point, Tremont, East New York, and East Harlem.