O'Neill: 'Frustrating' that public does not acknowledge police reforms
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said it is “frustrating” that the “overwhelmingly positive” changes in the department are not being recognized by the public.
“One of the most frustrating things I think about my job is the failure for people to recognize change," said O'Neill at a graduation ceremony in Manhattan on Friday morning. "We need to get the word out. I think the public has a tendency not to realize when we actually do change — at least when change is so overwhelmingly positive.”
commissioner, who city officials have credited with a new strategy of
neighborhood policing, (???) spoke about that strategy, which is currently
used in about half the precincts around the city, and “precision
policing,” which he said focuses on a small number of suspects
responsible for a disproportion amount of crime.(aka "Profiling," if a cop did it)
“The changes we’ve undergone in the last three years are a huge start,” said O’Neill, referring to the start of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure as mayor.
Later, O’Neill told reporters the department's tactics have changed, but criticisms of police have not. (Nor will they, schmuck. Anti-Cop attitudes are a NATIONWIDE POLITICAL MOVEMENT, not a local "condition" to be dealt with with pizza and block parties)
“We moved to neighborhood policing, we moved to precision policing,” he said. “Sometimes I think it gets a little frustrating that the change isn’t recognized. And a lot of the narrative we hear is a three- to four-year-old narrative.”
Asked by POLITICO New York if the era of “Broken Windows” policing — a controversial tactic that calls for addressing low-level, quality of life crimes and signs of public disorder — O’Neill demurred.
“I’m going to talk about
quality-of-life enforcement … if, as a precinct commander I didn’t take
care of quality of life conditions, you would not be a precinct
commander very long,” he said. (only because of the lack of summonses coming in, and no other reason....)
When de Blasio campaigned for mayor in 2013, he vowed to “end the stop-and-frisk era,” and two weeks after he took office, his police commissioner, Bill Bratton, announced the problem “has more or less been solved.”
But police reform activists have continued to object to the city's use of so-called Broken Windows policing, a strategy that was pioneered by de Blasio's first police commissioner, Bill Bratton. Bratton is credited with bringing the concept to the NYPD in the mid 1990s during his first stint at police commissioner, and, when he returned to the job in 2014, he rebuffed repeated calls to scale it back.
With Bratton’s departure late last year, de Blasio has put a renewed emphasis on neighborhood policing — a new strategy that supporters say enables police to build relations with residents and heal old wounds.
Calls to change Broken Windows policing are continuing. While police still issue summonses and make arrests for a quality-of-life offenses, the department under O'Neill has shied away from using the term "Broken Windows."
"For the record, Commissioner O’Neill, he doesn’t use that phrase, he doesn’t subscribe to it, necessarily," ("A Rose By Any Other Name....!")NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, said at a City Council hearing on public safety earlier this month. "We’re very much focused on this notion of precision policing. … trying to target those individuals who are out there, engaged in more serious, violent crimes.”