NEW YORK (AP) — Police officials in New York City have reassigned 313 officers previously working desk jobs and other duties to man foot patrols in high crime neighborhoods.
Police officials Monday announced the initiative dubbed Operation Summer All Out. They say 313 officers will be temporarily reassigned to a 90-day stint in 10 precincts and five public housing divisions home to the largest volume of shootings.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said overall crime is down about 3 percent compared to this time last year.
But shootings have spiked. NYPD statistics through Sunday show there have been 562 shooting incidents so far this year. There were 514 such incidents this time last year.
Bratton stressed the spike in shootings wasn't an indication that crime was out of control.