Cops on the Beat
you think there are fewer cops walking the beat, you're right. The
number of uniformed cops assigned to local precincts dropped by
more than 1,000 over the last two years just as NYPD staffing hit
a record of 40,219, a new study by the City Council shows.
Patrol officers are being assigned to special forces such as narcotics.
The Giuliani adminstration contends that these specialized units
have been effective in reducing crime, but with felonies at 30-year
lows, residents want more neighbohood cops to concentrate on quality-of-life
offenses. Police Commissioner Howard Safir has promised the City
Council that the next 1,400 police recruits graduating in April
will go into the precincts.
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