Mayor Bill de Blasio says America’s safest big city is getting even safer.
He said for the first half of 2019, overall crime is down 5.4 percent in the city compared to a year ago. Homicides have dropped by 13.5 percent, with the first six months of the year posting the fewest homicides ever during a six month period in the city.
“Right now after six months the safest big city in America is even safer. What's working is neighborhood policing. What's working is precision policing. The combination of the two continues to prove to be the effective formula and we're going to deepen that effort all over this city,” Mayor de Blasio said.
At the same time, the NYPD announced the creation of a health and wellness task force after the suicide of multiple police officers in recent weeks. The task force will examine the department’s current policies and services and will develop a comprehensive strategy for officers.
“We're trying to make sure that the police officers understand what the process is. And if you need help, we're going to help you,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
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