News Reports: Gang arrests, weapons seizures help cut violent crime in NYC

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[Read our briefing on this topic here] Gang arrests, weapons seizures help cut violent crime in NYC

Large-scale gang takedowns by the NYPD in recent months are believed to be the driving force behind a sustained decrease in violence in New York City this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officials said Thursday.

“I think it is precision policing, a heavy focus on gang takedowns, heavy focus on gun seizures and improved training and technologies,” de Blasio said at a news conference.

“Unlike other large cities across the country, New York is seeing a decrease in both shootings and homicides,” said NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker.

Read full Newsday article by Anthony M. DeStefano [HERE]. NYPD Statistics: Bucking Nationwide Trend and Citywide Expectations, Crime is Down

“We understand perfectly what is going on in New York,” said Deputy Commissioner for Operations Dermot Shea. “It is a laser like precision that the men and women in the New York City police department are carrying out every single day.”

Read the full article and watch the video by Dean Meminger  [HERE]. Murders, Shootings Down in NYC While Other Cities See Spikes, NYPD Says

As the homicide rate has jumped in several major American cities, violent crime continues to decline in New York, city officials said Thursday.

“We are the safest big city in America,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference at NYPD headquarters. “We are proving it regularly.”

Read the full article from by Ben Fractenberg [HERE].