Crime activities fell to a historic low for 2016 in New York City. This statistic was shared on Wednesday in a police report at the press conference held about annual reports.
The New York Police Department incorporated a different strategy last year focusing on specific parts of crime society: gang members, career criminals and recidivist robbers.
Robert Boyce, the chief of detectives, told the media that they were identifying most repetitive names which have been appearing in their databases and trying to find the patterns which could be predictable.
“We identified the worst individuals across the city, and we found that the same people carrying guns, the same people witnessing crimes, the same people were committing crimes.”
He also added that the NYPD focused on gangs across New York City, which are believed to be the main cause of criminal activity in the city. This action led to enormous success of reducing gang activities.
Since 1993, NYPD incorporated CompStat program for tracking crime stats. Felonies fell to 101,606. This is 4 percent less than in 2015.
Murders went down 5 percent compared to 2015. Last year, NY had 352, while in 2016 they had 335. The number of shooting incidents is, for the first time, less than 1000. This represents a 12 percent decrease, compared with 1138 in 2015.
There has been some changes in terms of the way of work in the field with coordinating officers, who are working in local precincts. They contributed greatly to reducing the crime rate.
“Everything we do now is geared at fighting crime and keeping people safe — everything. It’s now much more than answering a traditional 911 call. It’s about a deeper problem-solving. Every one of us shares this responsibility.”
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. Then he added:
“We’ve completely shifted the way we patrol New York. We’ve also restructured how the NYPD is organized.”
Also, Police Union president Patrick Lynch told the media that police officers are underrated and underpaid.
“For the past three decades, New York City officers have provided unparalleled police services at a below-market rate,” said Lynch. “Now is the time to pay our police officers like professionals.”