Police Commissioner Bratton and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Announce Second Quarter School Safety Data; Index Crime Falls 35% Over the Last Five Years

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Team Up! Tuesday’ Program expands this fall, building strong ties between schools and precincts

New York, New York — NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the release of the NYPD’s second quarter school safety data and the expansion of the Team Up! Tuesday initiative. New York City Public Schools have experienced a 35% decrease in index crime over the last five years, according to the NYPD School Safety Division. In the first two quarters of 2016, there has also been a 10% decrease in school-related arrests, and a 37% decrease in summonses issued by the School Safety Division; compared with the 2015 school year.

As a result of broadened collaboration between the NYPD and the NYC Department of Education (DOE), there has been a large decline in schools designated by the State Education Department as “persistently dangerous.” When comparing the 2015 to 2016 school year only four NYC public schools retaining that designation down from 27 the previous year.

“Ensuring every neighborhood, street corner and school building is safe is essential, and this safety data speaks to the hard work of School Safety Agents and the Department of Education to keep all students and staff in safe havens,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our school climate and mental health programs are addressing behavioral challenges before they escalate, and we are continuing to invest in and expand these critical initiatives to support students. We still have a lot more work to do to ensure disciplinary disparities are addressed and to implement fair and effective strategies to keep schools safe.”

“With reductions in both index crime and enforcement action occurring in New York City schools, the NYPD and the DOE are building a healthy learning environment to foster student success,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “We will continue to work closely with the Department of Education and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to ensure our School Safety Agents have the resources they need to properly support our schools and students.”

“Safety always comes first and we are encouraged by the significant decrease in school-related arrest and summonses across the City,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We continue to expand school climate initiatives across the City to ensure that students are provided with a safe, supportive, inclusive, and equitable learning environments, while providing essential training to school staff. As part of our ongoing partnership with the NYPD, the expansion of Team Up! Tuesday will bring middle schools and precincts together to help foster strong community relationships.”

Building on the success of the first ever Team Up! Tuesday last spring, the DOE and NYPD are expanding the program to include middle schools this fall. The second Team Up! Tuesday is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25. Police officers from more than 70 precincts will join students and staff at more than 300 middle schools across every school district, where they will participate in productive activities, ranging from visual and performing arts to physical fitness and foreign language lessons.

By engaging with officers through a variety of activities, students will build meaningful relationships and learn about peer pressure, gang recruitment, bullying and drug use. This interactive event will allow students will participate in a variety of activities and meet officers from their local precinct.

As part of the ongoing effort to promote partnership between the school community and police, the DOE is encouraging schools to continue to foster these new connections throughout the school year.

As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to improving school climate and ensuring transparency, the NYPD released school safety data for the second quarter of 2016. The data is available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/analysis_and_planning/reports.shtml

The data demonstrates:
10% decrease in school-related arrests and a 37% decrease in the number of summonses issued by the School Safety Division during SY 2015-16 (SY2016) compared to SY2015.

The City has invested more than $47 million annually (totaling $190 million over the next four years) to support the expansion of school climate initiatives and mental health supports to equip schools with critical resources to effectively manage incidents and address underlying issues head-on. This includes working closely with the THRIVE initiative to increase mental health support services for high-need schools, allocating more than $15 million annually to provide at least 50 more schools with mental health services over the next three years.