NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is preparing to announce a major initiative to combat stabbings and slashings in the city.
A 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, the NYPD has already been addressing the slashing problem in the subways and homeless shelters. On Tuesday, the department is expected to address attacks on the street.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Manhunt For Alleged Gunman Farrakhan Muhammad Continues; Tourists Worry, But Mayor Says City 'Overwhelmingly Safe'
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton acknowledged the spike in slashings when he spoke to the City Council on Monday.
“Slashings, stabbings, cuttings have increased and have increased as of this morning by almost 20 percent, about 153 additional incidents. Still much lower than we experienced back in the 90s, and indeed much lower than we experienced even a few years ago,” he said.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
But public fear and concern has been growing, and sources told 1010 WINS that police have been conducting an analysis of the times, types of crime, and location, before targeting those conditions.
The commissioner said the Bronx has seen the biggest spike, and a significant number of those are domestic incidents.MORE NEWS: There Are Concerns Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Could Lead To Higher Prices At The Pump