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Missing: Cops on the Beat

If 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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