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NYPD Plans to Hire 1,300 Officers

June 23, 2015  | 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a sharp shift from his initial objections, is poised to hire nearly 1,300 additional officers for the New York Police Department, a surprising addition in a $78.5 billion budget deal announced by city leaders on Monday night.

Increasing the size of the force had been a top priority of the City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the notion was endorsed by Mr. de Blasio’s police commissioner, William J. Bratton. But the move has been opposed by some advocates for criminal justice reform, and it is expected to add at least $100 million to the city’s budget, the New York Times reports.

The mayor, who has pledged to improve police-community relations, has long been hesitant to hire more officers, saying he felt comfortable with the city’s near-record-low level of crime. But his administration has come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a notable increase in homicides and shootings compared with the same period last year.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/23/2015 3:38 PM

Sounds like an excellent idea Mayor DeBlasio but watch out because the trouble makers will be after you now.

kevCopAz @ 6/23/2015 4:34 PM

BILL,more cops wont change a thing except your already RED ink budget since you don't give the PD tools to fight crime seriously in your city. Doesn't matter if there are more cops to"take reports" since without stop and frisk, anti gun efforts "broken window" type enforcement and just plain on-view police work crime wont fall. Face it BILL, police have to be allowed to do on-view, sometimes in your face police work to really stop criminals before they commit crimes. Based on your lack of support for any officer in the past, taking away all the tools they need and pandering to the liberal and criminal element, you are pissing away more $ for no good reason and will do nothing but raise your budget. The key is ON VIEW ENFORCEMENT AND PREVENTIVE PATROL,not more cops standing around and waiting to be called AFTER the crime.Typical empty headed,non police liberal logic. Better to have more cops,but don't think this will solve your problem till u grow a pair & support the cops you have!

S.S. @ 6/24/2015 7:34 AM

Big bird is still a "jackass"!!! This guy hasn't a clue!

tbow426 @ 6/24/2015 8:02 AM

Would be interesting to see NYPD cops simply stand or drive their beat for a week with ABSOLUTELY no pro active policing including traffic enforcement. Just let things happen and take a report. Wonder how much the crime rate and accident rate would spike???

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/24/2015 8:48 AM

KeyCopAz, excellent statement!

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