NYPD’s new crime-fighting strategy begins and focuses on nighttime hours in all five boroughs

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Fear of rising crime is gripping all five boroughs and is at the center of a new initiative by Mayor Eric Adams and top NYPD officials.

The new initiative comes after a violent weekend.

Four of the five boroughs have experienced gun violence.

On Sunday evening, a man was shot dead near Queens College.

The shooting happened around midnight near the intersection of Kissena Boulevard and Melbourne Avenue in Flushing.

Police say a 26-year-old man was shot in the buttocks near a city-run building.

Queens College alerted students to the shooting and closed most campus entrance gates.

Earlier Sunday on a busy Upper West Side, a 27-year-old man was killed.

On Saturday, Zhiwen Yan, 45, a Chinese food delivery man, was shot dead while working in Forest Hills.

He leaves behind a wife and a young daughter.

Meanwhile, starting Monday, the NYPD is taking a new approach to stopping rising gun violence by increasing its numbers at night.

Mayor Eric Adams says it’s necessary.

“The first order of business is to see, are we deploying properly what we have? In order to start policing the city safely again, I’ve heard everyone say, it’s time to get back to basics,” he said. said Adams.

In the 40 most violent neighborhoods, it is planned to:

Move the 350 Neighborhood Coordination Officers into Evening Patrols.

Send field intelligence officers to the streets.

Have three midnight shift cars start three hours early to cover the shift change.

Overall crime was up 30% last month compared to April last year. Gun violence is also on the rise. There have been 450 shootings so far in 2022 – and counting.

One of the basics is cracking down on fare beaters as a first step towards tackling crime in the subways. It worked for former mayor Rudy Giuliani – they’ll try again.

Mayor Adams is also asking for a more comprehensive approach from his agencies. He wants the education, homelessness and mental health departments to take ownership of some of this work.

“It’s not a police problem – it’s a city problem,” he added.

Adams believed former Mayor Bill de Blasio sent mixed messages to the NYPD and left them paralyzed.

Adams says his orders are clear – he wants his police to fight crime.

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