James Essig, Chief Detective of the New York Police Department or NYPD, recently revealed to Associated Press about the promises of the city’s new leaders regarding security.
“The number one priority for the new mayor of New York, as well as the new police commissioner and his deputy is to reduce violence in this city. We do fight crime but our priority is to reduce violence,” Essig said.
According to Essig, police data show New York had 480 homicides over the past year, and 468 homicides in the previous two years. This figure is extremely concerning, considering that the city had hit a record low in 2017, which was 292 homicides.
If you look at the number of shooting cases, the numbers are even more concerning. In the last two years, the city recorded 1,500 per year.
According to John Chell, Deputy Chief of the NYPD, violent crimes are primarily due to the actions of the city’s gangs and the rivalry between them.
This police operation focuses on the most violent youth gangs in Brooklyn, especially in the North Brooklyn area. These gangs are relatively new but in the last two years have been involved in about 15 acts of violence, which include murder, attempted murder, conspiracy , illegal gun possession. This worries New Yorkers, especially Brooklyn. We want to make this area safer. Children can go to and from school more safely. Adults can also go about their activities without feeling anxious. We’ll keep trying reduce the violence caused by gang actions,” he explained.
In New York there are at least three youth gangs that are very feared, namely FNO (Fear No One), PPP (Pistol Packing Pitkin) and YAWAH (Young and Wild and Hustling). The gangs that Chell was referring to were FNO and PPP.
In early January, New York police arrested 17 suspected members of the gangs, who are believed to be responsible for a series of shootings, including four murders, and charged a total of 118 charges related to their illegal activities in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. said the defendants, 14 of whom were teenagers, were accused of hunting down rival gang members and carrying out a series of armed attacks, killing four people and wounding 10 others.
Nine of the victims of their actions were innocent people who were not involved in inter-gang competition. A 20 -year -old woman visiting New York from Virginia, for example, was killed by a gunshot at a birthday party she attended.
Despite the soaring crime rate, New York is actually a lot safer than it was in the early 1990s. At that time, there were more than 2,000 homicides each year. [ab/uh]