The crime rate in New York City is on the rise. The reason stems from a variety of issues discussed at: Problems & Solutions to New York's Crime Wave. One way to remedy this increase in the crime rate is to create a citywide "safety patrol" under the auspices of the NYPD modeled after the School Safety Agent program.
We here at Sean Hayes 4 NYC believe that creative and pragmatic solutions shall alleviate the problems facing New York City. We entered into this campaign because of the lack of experienced and pragmatic professionals within New York City Hall. We believes creative programs shall be pivotal in returning New York back on the track to normalcy and fear that few in our local government has the capabilities, will and experience to solve the issues facing our great and complex New York City.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of Sean Hayes's programs to alleviate the problems facing New York City:
Public Housing Revitalization Program (White Paper)
Educational Reform & Enhancement Initiative (White Paper)
Economic Revitalization Program (White Paper)
Safe & Affordable Housing Program (White Paper)
Government Accountability & Tax Payers Rights Initiative (White Paper)
Economic Opportunity Zone Program (White Paper)
Neighborhood Safety Agent Program
One solution to our crime problem is to place locally hired "neighborhood safety agents" in each police precinct. This program shall increase the effectiveness of recent community policing programs, while being a visible eyes and ears of the police in the community.
This Neighborhood Safety Agent Program can be modeled after the very successful School Safety Agent program. School Safety Agents "provide security and ensure the safety of students, faculty and visitors in the New York City Public School buildings and surrounding premises by patrolling and operating scanning equipment, verifying identity and escorting visitors and by challenging unauthorized personnel."
Neighborhood Safety Agents can play a similar role, as School Safety Agents, and can be the eyes, ears and the community outreach arm of the police. Sean Hayes 4 NYC proposes that:
The Neighborhood Safety Agent Program is modeled after the School Safety Agent Program.
All Neighborhood Safety Agents live in the precinct or transit district in which they serve in order to gain the trust of the community and for the police to understand the needs of the community.
Neighborhood Safety Agents act as a conduit between the community and the police.
Neighborhood Safety Agents act as the eyes and ears of the police.
Neighborhood Safety Agents are visibly present on our streets, in our subway stations and in our housing projects.
Neighborhood Safety Agents wear, at all times, a video recording device.
Neighborhoods Safety Agents are trained and supervised by the NYPD.
We commence a pilot program in a couple of precincts and, then, implement the program NY Citywide after hammering out any kinks.
In addition to this program, we must, also, return to what made New York one of the safest large cities in the world by:
Allowing judges to consider "Dangerousness" in Pre-Trial Release decisions.
Expanding special investigative units, plainclothes units and other proactive enforcement units.
Implement a Second Chance Criminal Justice Reform Initiative. We need to give convicts a means and roadmap to a successful and prosperous like and family. We all deserve a second chance.
Voting, in primaries, for centrist candidates that care and talk about the safety of our streets. We need to understand that in most districts and city-wide a Republican can not win, thus, register as a Democrat and vote in Democratic Primaries. The majority of the voters in New York are pragmatic realists, however, we do not vote, often enough, in our primaries.
Turning back the discovery reforms.
Learning about the Dark Days of the 80s and early 90s and the reforms that occurred in the mid 90s and early 2000s that led to the drastic decrease in crime. We need to push to get back to what worked.
Knocking off the anti-cop rhetoric. Teach respect for our police in schools and in our communities. The police force is not our enemy - the bad cops are the enemy. The NYPD is one of the greatest police forces in the world with a majority of officers being people of color.
Voting for Centrist politicians. The polarization in our society is destroying us from the inside. We need to return to the middle.
Creating a Neighborhood Safety Agent Program (as described above).
(Candidate for New York City Council in District 1)
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