NYPD to roll out new ‘Neighborhood Safety Teams’ to replace anti-crime unit


The NYPD will quickly roll out a new hybrid plainclothes police squad to fight gun violence within the Big Apple — in what seems to be a revamped model of the disbanded anti-crime unit, The Post has realized.

The new items, dubbed Neighborhood Safety Teams, will replace the uniformed Public Safety Teams within the prime 30 instructions the place shootings surged final yr, in accordance to a memo despatched out Friday by Chief of Department Ken Corey.

“Neighborhood Safety Teams will be responsible for addressing violent street crimes, specifically targeting perpetrators who carry and use illegal firearms,” in accordance to the memo obtained by The Post.

“They will perform duty attired in a hybrid plain-clothes/uniform, and their name, rank, and shield number will appear on their outermost garment at all times so that the public and other officers can identify them as members of the service.”

The transfer seems to fulfill a marketing campaign promise by Eric Adams to reinstitute the controversial anti-crime unit, which was disbanded by former Police Commissioner Dermot Shea final yr.

NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth E. Corey
NYPD Chief of Department Ken Corey says pedestrians will likely be in a position to determine officers in Neighborhood Safety Teams.
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When Shea disbanded the squad, he stated it was “in the realm of closing on one of the last chapters on stop, question and frisk.”

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell beforehand informed The Post that she believed “plainclothes units work” however you had to workers the squads with “well-trained officers” who “know what their objectives are.”

The division requested police brass within the memo for a listing of certified candidates of their instructions by subsequent Friday that it’s going to ship to particular coaching related to undercover narcotics, vice and autocrime coaching.

It was unclear how lengthy the “specialized training” could be or when the items would hit the streets.

Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams campaigned on bringing again an NYPD plain-clothes unit.
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All candidates for the unit will need to have not less than 2.5 years on the job and be “vetted by their Commanding Officers” through which would a “review of performance evaluations, disciplinary history, use of force incidents, civilian complaints, community recognition, Body-Worn Camera footage, Stop Report compliance, sick record, etc. must be considered,” Corey writes.

The anti-gun cops will put on body-worn cameras whereas on patrol and their autos could have dashboard cameras, in accordance to the memo.

Each unit, which will likely be supervised by a lieutenant, could have a ratio of 1 sergeant for each 5 cops or detectives, the memo says.

Corey writes that the ratio will “balance the need to provide public safety with concerns about proactive policing by Precinct-based plainclothes teams.”

Some police sources had been skeptical of the unit being a lot completely different from its prior iteration, which was criticized for its aggressive police ways that led to a disproportionate variety of civilian complaints and police shootings.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell claims hybrid plainclothes cop items are profitable with “well-trained officers.”
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“New paint job and smart lighting,” one supply quipped.

Other sources have lamented because the dismantling of the plainclothes gun squad that it was a obligatory unit on the streets the place shootings haven’t slowed because the early weeks of the pandemic.

Neither NYPD nor City Hall instantly responded for remark.

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks

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