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Precinct Council applauds expansion of NYPD neighborhood policing program

The mayor and police commissioner came to Washington Heights Thursday to announce citywide expansion of the Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program, which was piloted in the 34th Precinct and three other precincts since mid-May. Details of the plan were provided by Commissioner Bratton. 

The following Is a statement on behalf of the 34th Precinct Community Council Executive Board:

“We applaud the mayor and NYPD leadership for their decision to expand the Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program, which has been piloted in our community. The results in the 34th Precinct show that the program works.

“Giving cops the flexibility and resources to address neighborhood issues on an ongoing basis, street by street, improves both quality of life and safety. 

“People also are getting to know and appreciate our dedicated and professional police officers day to day, outside of emergencies, which is also important.

“If precinct commanders run the program as designed by Commissioner Bratton, Chief O’Neill, and their deputies, we think the entire city will benefit.”


Here’s an excerpt from the mayor’s announcement:


Crime down in 34th Precinct this month

Deputy Inspector Morello reports that the Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program is working: major felonies down 18% over this period last year. No shootings in past four weeks. 

Here’s his brief update;