Policy Position: A Crime Prevention Roadmap for New York City by Sean Hayes 4 NYC Council

Updated: Apr 11

A good article on the City Journal's website analyses the crime issue in New York City. The article commences with a lookback at the issues plaguing New York City in the 80s and early 90s. The article is worth a read. Sean Hayes believes that we need to follow the Roadmap utilized in the 90s, but via a kinder and gentler approach to the needs of our most vulnerable at-risk youths (A NY-Centric Second Chance Program), revised mentally health assessment program (Reform to Mental Health Assessment Program) and a neighborhood watch program supervised by the police and community leaders (Reformed Community Policing Program & Establishment of a City-wide Police Managed Neighborhood Watch Program). We, also, need to return and expand our special units, proactive policing units and plainclothes teams to active duty.


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"In the late 1980s, U.S. Athletics was a 13-store footwear chain bucking competition from big national retailers to carve a market for itself in New York City. It had the right styles at the right price and by the end of the decade was projecting $20 million in sales. What the chain lacked was a strategy to deal with New York’s exploding crime. In 1990, the company’s owner wrote to city officials complaining that its Manhattan stores had been held up at gunpoint 15 times in the past year, suffered 25 break-ins, and been victimized by 1,000 shoplifting incidents. He warned that he might have to shut down his city operations. It wasn’t an idle threat; the next year, U.S. Athletics closed its city retail operations." City Journal, Rising violence may undercut New York’s efforts to rebuild its economy (January 19, 2021). "


The crime rate shall continue to rise if we do not return to a policy of peace through strength coupled with proactive measures to combat the affects of mental illness, alcoholism and drug addiction.


The Roadmap to safe streets are obvious. We succeed in 90s and 2000s via a Peace Through Strength Roadmap and things have gradually deteriorated via "Bail Reform," the election of lenient prosecutors and judges, police giving up or taking a "hands-off" approach to policing, because of the political climate and anti-police and government sentiment.


Let Us return to the Roadmap, but via a kinder and gentler approach to the needs of our most vulnerable at-risk youths (A NY-Centric Second Chance Program), revised mentally health assessment program (Reform to Mental Health Assessment Program) and a neighborhood watch program supervised by the police and community leaders (Reformed Community Policing Program, Establishment of a City-wide Police Managed Neighborhood Watch Program) and expand proactive policing and special units that were formerly successful.


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