NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD began a major effort Monday to combat a spike in violent crime.
For the first time in nearly two decades, crime statistics show shootings in the city are up for a second straight year.
“As we expect, when the warm weather comes, we see an increase in certain crimes,” Chief of Department James O’Neill said earlier this month. “We’re struggling with homicides and shootings.”
To help change that, the department is launching its “Summer All Out” program a full month ahead of schedule.
Under the program, 330 police officers will leave administrative duties to patrol 10 precincts where shootings and murders are up.