NYPD, mayor announce partnership to keep kids safe this summer
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD are hoping to make this summer the safest one yet.
They launched a major effort Friday to create inviting and safe open spaces for kids.
They unveiled refurbished basketball courts at the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, saying it is one of 15 courts getting renovated for kids across the city.
NYPD data shows shootings in the city have almost doubled compared to the same time last year. On Thursday, there were 10 shootings in New York City, compared to one on the same date last year.
The mayor says it is important for young people to have safe ways to spend their time.
"We want our children to have positive alternatives. This is part of our Safe Summer NYC plan. This is about how we work together to keep everyone safe this summer," de Blasio said.
"We know that a basketball court is more than just a place for play. It's where we build community, it's how we stay active, it's how we keep safe," said Sideya Sherman, the executive director of the Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity.