Safety - State of the City 2020

State of the City 2020
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Keep Kids Safe

New York is the safest big city in America. Still, we need to continue to innovate in the realm of public safety and work to prevent crimes before they happen, because safe neighborhoods are the building blocks of our city.

NYPD Youth Strategy

We are reimagining our NYPD Youth Strategy under the leadership of Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. We are deploying Youth Coordination Officers to every precinct, where they will help young people access positive community resources and will be resident precinct experts for all youth-related matters. We will increase our focus on data about juvenile arrests, collaborate with key agency partners, and methodically and relentlessly identify opportunities to better serve young people across the city.

Expand, Reopen, and Build New Recreation and Community Centers

We will expand late nights and weekend hours at 36 Parks recreation centers and provide free membership to anyone up to age 24. We will also reopen six shuttered community centers, many in NYCHA developments, and restore them to their neighborhoods. The city will build seven brand-new recreation centers in neighborhoods that currently lack them: Soundview, Tremont, Coney Island, Bushwick, Astoria, Queens Village, and Staten Island’s South Shore.

Safer Streets near Schools

We are committed to keeping our young people safe. We are installing 1,000 new lights, stop signs, and speed bumps around schools and in neighborhood locations that need greater safety.

New NYPD Vision Zero Unit

We are creating a new, 110-person NYPD unit that will expand enforcement against the most dangerous behaviors on our streets: speeding, red light running, and failure to yield to pedestrians.