NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Just one day after Police Commissioner Bill Bratton admitted publicly that there has been a slowdown in low-level crime ticketing by officers, more surprising statistics have been released.
Times Square was packed with an estimated 1 million revelers on New Year’s Eve, not to mention thousands of police officers. And yet, zero tickets were issued for low-level crimes. And that number is not just for New Year’s Eve, but rather the entire week containing the holiday.
There were no tickets for an open container of alcohol, no tickets for public urination, no tickets for double parking, no tickets for furry, costumed characters hassling tourists to take their picture.
There were only 23 tickets for such infractions the week before during the Christmas holiday, compared with more than 650 summonses per week the previous year.
“I would describe it as a slowdown,” Bratton said. “They never stopped working, 911 calls were responded to, arrests continued to be made, crime continued to go down.”