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I wonder how truthful Mayor De Blasio's support of the NYPD really is. He is certainly trying to make the police department believe him, but then there is Kicy Motley......
Mayor Bill de Blasio – NYPD Support
Administration made largest increase in resources for NYPD
programs in a decade: additional $352 million this year to enhance and expand
training, provide technology that will protect officers
Offers unequivocal support for department, its leadership and its
From selecting Bill Bratton--the nation’s
foremost law enforcement leader--to head the NYPD, to investing in more tools
and equipment for officers on the beat, Mayor de Blasio has strongly supported
the police during his first year in office. Thanks to the NYPD, crime in New
York City is down nearly 5 percent this year—a record low.
Mayor de Blasio has invested an
additional $352 million in the NYPD’s budget this year to enhance and expand
training, provide technology that will protect both officers and our
communities, pilot a gunshot detection program, and support overtime. This is
the largest increase in resources for NYPD programs in a decade, and larger
than the entire Boston Police Department budget. The Mayor has also made major
investments to improve NYPD facilities, including $110 million in capital funds
to build or rehabilitate precinct houses.
To protect officers and keep the department on
the cutting edge, the Mayor invested in more advanced communication technology,
including smartphones for all 35,000 officers and 6,000 tablets for police
cruisers that enable more rapid distribution of alerts, images and directives.
The Mayor has invested in retraining and professional development for the
entire force. It settled contracts with thousands of senior officers, providing
raises for the first time in years, and is working in good faith to reach
accord with all unions representing NYPD personnel.
At police ceremonies, policy announcements,
community events and in the aftermath of Eric Garner’s death, Mayor de Blasio
has made clear his strong support of the NYPD and its officers, praising them
as the finest police force in the nation, and commending their sacrifice and professionalism.
The Mayor has unequivocally and decisively condemned the actions of protestors
who engaged in violence against police officers.
A Safer City
·Major crime in the city is down. Homicides are
down nearly 4% percent and overall crime is down nearly 5% percent.
·Misconduct complaints filed against NYPD have
declined significantly during second half of 2014 – the largest decline over a
five-month period since the CCRB was created in 1993
2014 Public Safety Investments
Mayor de Blasio has invested an additional $352
million this year to enhance and expand training, provide technology that will
protect both officers and our communities, and much more. This is the
largest increase in a decade and larger than the entire Boston Police
Department's budget. These investments include:
·A $160 million initiative to enhance NYPD mobile
communications by providing 41,000 tablets and handheld mobile devices for
every NYPD officer and patrol car
·Providing over $28 million dollars to support
additional in-service training for the entire Police Department
·A $101 million dollar investment with the
Manhattan District Attorney to reduce violent crime in NYCHA developments
through an increase in exterior security cameras, camera connection to NYPD
networks, lobby and elevator cameras, new doors, layered access, and improved
·Invested $20 million to fund expansion of the
NYPD's high-bandwidth fiber network, which enables the transmission, in real
time, of law enforcement and public safety data sources, including feeds from
NYPD's extensive public safety camera network.
·An investment of $17 million to increase the
patrol strength of the force by civilianization.
·Made major investments to improve NYPD
facilities, including $110 million in capital funds to build or rehab
In addition the City has made other investments
that will help our officers keep the city safe while also protecting them from
·Expanded citywide initiative to reduce gun
violence by investing $12.7 million in comprehensive, neighborhood-based
strategy to prevent shootings in 14 key precincts
·Launched Mayor’s Action Plan for
Neighborhood Safety, a $210 million investment to strengthen neighborhoods and
reduce violent crime at the 15 NYCHA developments
·Accelerated long-delayed installation of
security cameras at Boulevard Houses and housing developments across the city
·Launched $130 million plan to reduce crime and
reduce the number of people with behavioral and mental health issues behind
Unequivocally Condemned Violence Against NYPD
12.15.14Mayor: What we believe
we know is that individuals attacked our police officers in an entirely
inappropriate and unacceptable way – and that won't be tolerated. It's as
simple as that. And not only will it not be tolerated by me, it will not be
tolerated by the NYPD. I want to speak directly to those who are protesting.
I've spent plenty of years involved in efforts for social change. I've been to
my share of protests. It is incumbent upon all those who are protesting to set
a high standard, to respect the police who have done such a fine job of
protecting them and working with them, and to stop any potential act of
violence. It is up to the protestors to join the effort to keep the peace. And
if anyone knows anything about the individuals who attacked our police
officers, they need to come forward with that information.
Praised NYPD for Restraint and Professionalism
12.04.14Mayor: A lot of
people demonstrated last night. They expressed their first amendment rights.
Overwhelmingly, the demonstrations were peaceful, and I want to say, the
response by the NYPD was exactly the right one. It was smart, it was strategic,
it was agile – a lot of restraint was shown. When necessary, arrests were made.
But you saw a very peaceful night in New York City. Despite the frustration and
the pain that so many people are feeling, you saw a peaceful protest. You saw a
minimum of disruption. I give credit to everyone involved, but I particularly
give credit to the NYPD for having managed the situation so
12.07.14Mayor: I think
the NYPD has done an extraordinary job. We’ve had protests for a number of
nights but the protesters, by and large, have been peaceful and the NYPD has
acted, I think, in a very intelligent and agile manner. And that’s helped to
bring us to the result we’ve had now, and last night was particularly good. And
I think it’s an example of what the professionalism of the NYPD allows to
happen in this city, where peaceful protest can occur.
Praised the NYPD
7/18/14 Mayor: We have extraordinary leadership at the NYPD.
We have an incredibly well-trained policeforce.
7/31/14 Mayor: I want to commend Commissioner Bratton and Chief
Banks, and everyone at NYPD for continuing to drive down crime. And I also
want to commend them for starting aggressive processes of reform, so that we
can have low crime while creating more dialogue and mutual respect.
7/31/14 Mayor: I’ve mentioned the extraordinary work of
Commissioner Bratton and Chief Banks, and all the leadership and all the men
and women of the NYPD following this pathway – safety and respect.
8/01/14 Mayor: We are constantly preparing. And I think that all
of our agencies – NYPD and FDNY and OEM – are literally the gold standard on
this earth for how to protect a locality.
8/05/14Mayor: I have immense
respect for the men and women of the NYPD. It’s a very tough job and they do it
very, very well. This is why crime is down over three percent this year,
murders are down, a lot of incredible work is happening every day in every
neighborhood because of the dedication of the men and women of the NYPD.
8/13/14 Mayor: We believe that we have the finest police force in
the United States of America, and they do extraordinary work every day. And
there's a lot we need to do to support our police, and one of the things we
need to do is help solve the problem before it occurs, at the grassroots, with
the full participation of communities. We do that more and more – we're going
to see crime continue to stay low and then go down in this city.
10/13/14 Mayor: I am so appreciative for what you do to represent
the Italian-American community through your service to the people of New York
City. Because I appreciate you for the work you do, to begin with. We all
depend on you. We all appreciate and understand how hard the work is.
11/2/14 Mayor: I’ve said it many, many times, the New York City
Police Department is the world’s finest. We see it over and over again, every
day. We saw it today with a safe marathon – the biggest marathon in the world.
And everything that was done, in the way of security preparation, was
outstanding and the execution was flawless – another example of what the NYPD
is capable of, another example of the leadership of Commissioner Bratton. And I
think the NYPD, at this moment, is the best it’s ever been. And I think it’s on
the pathway to even higher heights, to even greater accomplishments.
12.03.14Mayor: I’ve said
repeatedly we are blessed to have the finest police force anywhere in the
world. That's this police force is keeping us safer all the time.
12.09.14Mayor: I think
something all New Yorkers should be proud of today is the way the NYPD handled
this incident. In the dead of night, something absolutely unexpected – the
responding officers handled things, from everything we've seen so far – again,
there is an investigation, but I'm going to speak as someone who's seen the
video and just offering my own common-sense assessment – the officers responded
with great restraint. They made every effort to try to disarm the individual.
And, they – in the work they did so courageously – protected lives. This
individual had already assaulted Mr. Rosenblatt – may have caused much more
damage to others. Lives were at stake, and these officers – with courage and
skill and restraint – handled the situation very admirably. With that, I would
like to turn to our police commissioner to commend you, the men and the women
of the NYPD, for how this was handled today.
12.09.14Mayor: This is a very
important step forward for this city – reaching agreement with those who, day
to day, lead the work out in the field, protecting the people of this city,
keeping this city safe, keeping the city clean. These are the leaders in
agencies we depend on every day. We have deep respect for their work. We
understand how difficult it is. We understand how dangerous it is.