Mayor Eric Adams called police brass on the carpet over the two dozen shooting incidents that took place this past weekend — sparking the NYPD to scramble to get more officers on the streets in a revival of some “broken windows” policies, The Post reports.
Adams summoned Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Chief of Department Kenneth Corey to City Hall on Tuesday to answer for the surge in bloodshed that left 29 people wounded ahead of his planned news conference on the NYPD’s new anti-gun units, law-enforcement sources said Wednesday.
Immediately afterward, Corey convened an emergency conference call with top-ranking officers from the NYPD’s eight borough commands, 77 precincts, 12 transit districts, nine Housing Bureau service areas and the Detective Bureau, sources said.
During the meeting, Corey spoke with a sense of urgency in his voice as he ordered to the 100-plus supervisors to stop the bleeding by putting extra officers on patrol, sources said.
“He told us that he wants us to engage with quality-of-life infractions and criminals,” a Brooklyn supervisor said.
A source said Corey told the bosses: “You have a mayor and a police commissioner who support you, don’t squander this opportunity.”
“We’re going back to what works. This is exciting times,” he added.
These moves mark a return to the zero-tolerance, “broken windows” policing strategies that were widely credited with reducing crime in the city during the 1990s.