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NYPD Officers Post Photos of Vagrants Online to Show Importance of Quality of Life Policing

August 10, 2015  | 

Homeless man sleeping on the street in New York City. (Photo: SBA via Flicker)
Homeless man sleeping on the street in New York City. (Photo: SBA via Flicker)

NYPD officers fed up with vagrants making life miserable in the city are taking matters into their own hands — by snapping photos of quality-of-life scofflaws and posting them online.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association is spearheading the effort, emailing a letter to members Monday urging them and their families and friends to take pictures to document the decline of A homeless man pictured walking the New York City streets.

“As you travel about the city of New York, please utilize your smartphones to photograph the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality-of-life offenses of every type,” says the letter from SBA President Ed Mullins, a major critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The union then “will notify our public officials in writing of what is being observed,” he said.

The first set of snapshots uploaded to the SBA’s account on the photo-sharing site Flickr shows a raggedy panhandler approaching cars stopped at a red light, someone sleeping on pizza boxes outside a park and several people slumped on sidewalks with cups and signs begging for handouts.

Similar shots have recently appeared in The Post — including a Page 1 photo of a man relieving himself on an Upper West Side street — as complaints have surged about vagrants camping out on sidewalks and taking over parks.

Mullins told the New York Post he was responding to the past two years of “failed policies, more homeless encampments on city streets, a 10 percent increase in homicides, and the diminishing of our hard-earned and well-deserved public perception of the safest large city in America.”

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/10/2015 3:20 PM

Good for the NYPD Officers!

kevCopAz @ 8/10/2015 3:26 PM

Good program., a picture is worth a thousand Lib/Progressive lies!. GOD help NYC and the NYPD it is so very obvious to any thinking human being that the Lib Mayor and policies are the CAUSE of all this, not the answer.. When will Libs and "progressives" stop living in a fantasy world and wake up to the reality that some people are criminal, some evil, some have zero concious and are anti social "beings" (not Human Beings) that don't give a rats behind about society or any one else but themselves. Then there are the poor homeless who are addicted and or mentally ill that we need to remove and house and find treatment for, not let them fend for themselves out on the streets with the other homeless that are the evil/criminal types. They are nothing but sheep for the wolfs to attack and victimize . Wake the F up Mayor (too late) and Libs, your methods will not ever work. End of story.

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