NYC Mayor Adams defends keeping NYPD budget flat amid crime spike

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Mayor Adams Monday defended the city government’s completion of a budget deal that effectively keeps NYPD spending flat, arguing that the department has many resources that it is not properly using.

“We have to use the resources we have first. I can’t stress this enough: We didn’t use our police force in the way it should have been used,” Adams said in an appearance on Fox 5 when asked why he agreed not to increase the NYPD budget.

The $101.1 billion municipal budget agreement reached Friday between Adams and the city council for the next fiscal year earmarks about $5.5 billion for the NYPD, more in line with the police spending of the state corresponds to last year.

And that’s despite Adams proposing in April to increase the NYPD budget by about $182 million, arguing that the extra money would be needed to cover expanded detective contracts, overtime pay and some of its signature police initiatives, including the new modified civilian units, finance.

Adam’s push for more NYPD spending was not well received by the council, where many Democratic members have long advocated cutting police budgets.

And on Monday, Adams appeared to agree that he hadn’t prevailed because he argued there are ways to improve public safety without increasing police spending. For example, he said the way the NYPD deployed officers on the subway system was not efficient.

“We took our transit police force and almost halved it, going from single patrol to double patrol,” he said. “That was a significant drop given our inability to deploy police throughout the transit system. We’re going back to single patrol… and that will double the coverage.”

Some city law enforcement veterans have criticized the lack of increased police funding in this year’s budget framework, citing concerns about the increasing attrition in the ranks of the NYPD and a rise in most serious crimes citywide.

“The current workforce/retirement crisis, which shows a sharp drop in officers to deal with a growing workload, disorder and crime rate, stands in sharp contrast to the new record-breaking city budget, which city officials are celebrating with no money for additional police officers,” said former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Twitter Sunday.

In his televised appearance on Monday, Adams praised Bratton as “one of the best law enforcement minds in the city,” but said he wasn’t concerned about a spike in the number of officers leaving the NYPD as his administration was conducting “an amazing recruiting campaign.” have in the pipeline.

“People will always want to join the NYPD,” said Adams, a retired NYPD captain. “It’s one of the best careers you can have in the city.”

Speaking of crime, Adams noted that shooting and homicide rates have declined slightly in recent weeks. “We’re starting to see some of the results from the systems that we’ve put in place,” Adams said.

Contrary to Adams’ assessment, shooting and homicide rates remain elevated compared to pre-pandemic levels. In addition, most other serious crimes such as robberies and vehicle thefts have increased sharply this year compared to 2021.

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