New York Police Department (New York Police Department) Received a $200 million budget increase because the crime rate in New York City increased by 22% in May compared to the same month last year.
According to NY1 News political reporter Courtney Gross, the New York City Council approved the budget increase for the New York Police Department by a vote of 39 to 6. The vote effectively increased the budget of the New York Police Department from $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion. The increase will be used for information technology upgrades, internal reform efforts and official overtime work.
The increase in the budget coincided with an increase in crime rates across the city. The New York City Police Department announced on June 3 that in May, the city’s crime rate increased by 22% compared to May 2020.
The main reason for the increase was that robberies increased by 46.7% and grand thefts increased by 35.6%. Serious attacks increased by 20.5%, and shooting incidents increased by 73%. Burglary is the only crime with a low frequency between these two periods. Only 37 murders occurred in two months.
Despite the nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice in 2020, there are several signs that Democratic voters in New York City have rejected the call to “drain the police”. In fact, the newly approved New York Police Department budget is only $600 million less than its 2020 budget of $6 billion.
Preliminary statistics of the New York City Democratic primary election mayor show Voters choose candidates to support the police Those who support the cancellation of funding for the police. Former police officer and mayor of Brooklyn Eric Adams is currently leading the game. His campaign focused on improving public safety and rebuilding trust between the police and city residents.
Approximately seven out of ten Democratic voters in the city will Prefer a larger municipal police presence, According to the WNBC/Telemundo 47/Politico/Marist poll published in mid-June.
According to CompStat, a statistical system used by the New York Police Department, as of June 7, since the beginning of 2021, New York City had shot and killed 687 people in 607 incidents, the highest number in a decade.Experts say the economic and physical pressures of the pandemic have exacerbated areas where gun violence is already high New York Times.
Crime statisticians warn against comparing crime statistics between 2020 and 2021. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the city-wide crime rate has dropped. In contrast, in 2021, more cities will reopen, era famous.
In May of this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) said that he expects gun violence to decrease as jobs and new policing strategies return to the city.However, gun violence remains a problem The last two TV debate For the Democratic candidate for mayor of the city.
According to the New York political publication Gotham Gazette, the newly approved $5.4 million New York Police Department budget only accounts for part of the actual operating costs of the New York Police Department.
In addition, US$5.3 billion was used to pay officials’ fringe benefits, debt services and other departmental expenditures. Therefore, the total annual expenditure of the New York Police Department will be close to 11 billion U.S. dollars. In addition, the City of New York paid $205 million in legal settlement fees related to the New York Police Department’s 2020 operations.
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