Mayor touts neighborhood policing as crime drops

The mayor is crediting the NYPD's neighborhood policing program for a drop in crime this year.

The mayor is crediting the NYPD's neighborhood policing program for a drop in crime this year. (4/10/17)

THE BRONX - The mayor is crediting the NYPD's neighborhood policing program for a drop in crime this year.

After announcing "substantial progress" in crime reduction at the NYPD's 123rd Precinct on Staten Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio credited the program with inspiring more trust between New Yorkers and police officers.

"Overall, we believe it's the right path for public safety," the mayor said.

The program has been rolled out to about half of the city's police precincts. It involves assigning officers to the same neighborhoods and the same shifts regularly, in the hope that officers and residents will get to know and understand one another.

According to city statistics, major crimes have decreased by 6.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same span in 2016. Shootings have dropped by nearly 30 percent, and murders have gone down by 8.51 percent.

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