April 12, 2018
Flagship Crime-Fighting Strategy in the Subway System Begins in the Bronx and Brooklyn; 15% Increase in Uniform Police Officers on Patrol in Transit
The NYPD announced today that Neighborhood Policing – the department's core crime-fighting strategy, which emphasizes crime reduction, collaborative problem solving and building trust is expanding into the subway system beginning with Transit District 12 in the Bronx and Transit District 30 in Brooklyn. In both Transit Districts, three Neighborhood Policing sectors have been established on the basis of crime analysis, quality of life issues and ridership volumes. The department's ability to quickly deploy officers and maximize their presence throughout their sectors were important factors in selecting these areas. Transit Neighborhood Coordination Officers will serve as crime fighters, problem solvers and liaisons.
"Neighborhoods and communities take many shapes and forms throughout our great city—and not just above ground," said Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "They exist in the subways among regular riders, the repair and maintenance workers and many others who depend on this vital transportation network and its safety. By expanding Neighborhood Policing into Transit, we're going to continue to reduce crime, solve problems specific to these areas, and build better relationships with the nearly six million riders who use the system each week day. I want to thank the MTA for its partnership with us in these important efforts."
"Home to six million rides per day, New York City's subway system is a city within a city," said Mayor de Blasio. "Today, we're literally deepening our city's commitment to neighborhood policing by bringing this proven crime fighting strategy underground. Neighborhood policing has transformed the way our city is policed and helped make this the safest big city in America. More officers riding the rails will help deter crime before it happens and offer riders peace of mind, while allowing straphangers to forge relationships with the men and women in charge of ensuring their safe travel across the five boroughs."
Transit District 12 covers Bronx stations along the 2, 5 and 6 lines. Transit District 30 covers Brooklyn stations along the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, B, D, Q, F, G and R lines. For more information, go to www.nyc.gov/nypd/transit.
The NYPD began implementing Neighborhood Policing in 2015. It is currently operating in 63 precincts and in each of the nine Police Service Areas that comprise the NYPD's Housing Bureau. Full implementation in each of the department's 12 Transit Districts is scheduled to take place by the beginning of 2019.