Flagship Crime-Fighting Strategy in the Subway System Expands in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens
NEW YORK– The NYPD announced that Neighborhood Policing – the department’s core crime-fighting strategy, which emphasizes crime reduction, collaborative problem solving and building trust, is expanding to Transit District 3 in Manhattan and the Bronx, Transit District 4 in Manhattan, Transit District 32 in Brooklyn and Transit District 20 in Queens.
In these Transit Districts the Neighborhood Policing sectors were established on the basis of crime analysis, quality of life issues and ridership volumes.
Additionally, 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 to subway riders. There will be a 15% Increase in uniform Police Officers on patrol in each Transit District.
“The expansion we’re announcing today will help us continue to reduce crime past already record-lows,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “By building trust and strengthening relationships with as many of the regular riders of this vast subway system as possible, we can proactively address many of the individual issues that are specific to these areas. And by addressing those concerns, we can work at preventing crime and disorder from occurring in the first place.”
“This is our way forward, as a police department and as a city,” said Commissioner O’Neill. “It’s about sharing the responsibility for our public safety and taking steps, together, to make this a better – and a safer – New York City for everybody.”
“The NYPD Transit Bureau is absolutely central and critical to the safety of NYC Transit customers and employees and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of this innovative approach to public safety,” said Andy Byford, President of the New York City Transit Authority.
Across the transit system, year-to-date crime is down -4.51%. On April 12, 2018, the NYPD launched Neighborhood Policing in Transit Districts 12 and 30, which served as pilot districts for the transit system. As compared to the previous year, the year-to-date crime in Transit District 12 is down -29.19% and year-to-date crime in Transit District 30 is down -4.81%.
Transit District 3 covers Manhattan and Bronx stations along the 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, and D lines. Transit District 4 covers Manhattan stations along the 4, 5, 6, 7, B, D, F, M, E, J, Z, L, Q, N, R, W, and S lines. Transit District 20 covers Queens stations along the 7, E, M, R, F, G, J, Z, N, and W lines. Transit District 32 covers Brooklyn stations along the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R, and S lines. Subway riders can get to know their NCO officers in person by approaching any officers they see on their commute and requesting contact cards or online by visiting www.nyc.gov/nypd/transit, where they can choose from specific Boroughs, Subway Lines, and Stations on easy-to-use drop down search menus.
The NYPD began implementing Neighborhood Policing in 2015 and it is currently operating in 67 precincts and in each of the nine Police Service Areas that comprise the NYPD’s Housing Bureau. Six of the 12 Transit Districts citywide are now NCO Commands. Full implementation in each of the department’s 12 Transit Districts is scheduled to take place by the beginning of 2019.
To find your Transit District and to get to know your Neighborhood Coordination Officers, visit www.nyc.gov/nypd/transit.