BREAKING NEWS: NYPD Commissioner announces plain-clothes anti-crime unit will be eliminated as part of shift toward ‘neighborhood policing’
The New York Police Department will disband its plain-clothes anti-crime unit and reassign its 600 officers to tasks that include detective work and neighborhood policing as part of what the commissioner says is a major cultural shift.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the move on Monday after his department has drawn scrutiny over the tactics used against protesters after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
‘Thankfully, here in New York City, angry demonstrations have turned peaceful,’ Shea said on Monday.
‘Thoughtful discussions about reform have emerged.’
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea (above) said his department would disband a plain-clothes, anti-crime unit
Shea added: ‘This is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city
‘I would consider this in the realm of closing one of the last chapters of “Stop, Question and Frisk”…I think it’s time to more forward and change how we police in this city.
‘We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force.’