Eric's Safety Plan

Lower Crime Through Precision Public Safety

By saving money through technology and efficiency, and using it to fund targeted initiatives that reduce serious crime, I will more effectively deploy resources while ensuring that police do the real police work needed to get the bad guys and prevent crime in the first place. I will do that by:

  • Being laser-focused on violent crime—especially guns.
  • Reinventing the anti-crime unit as an anti-gun unit, using cops with the skills and temperament to balance community relations and catch the bad guys.
  • Civilianizing areas of the NYPD that don’t need to be staffed by cops.
  • Shifting detectives and other officers from low-crime areas to crime hot-spots when surges occur.
  • Strengthening handgun laws so that New York City residents are not put at risk by lax laws in other counties and municipalities.

Target gun violence.

The number one driver of crime spikes in the city right now is gun violence. We must reverse this troubling trend, fast by using coordinated tactics, smart policing and cooperation between agencies and with the community. I will:

  • Reinvent the anti-crime unit as an anti-gun unit, hiring officers with the skills and temperament for this kind of intense, on the ground police work by removing overly aggressive cops and by targeting known shooters with precision policing tactics.
  • Prevent guns from coming in through our bus and train stations with spot checks like the ones we use in subway stations.
  • Work with the Port Authority to strengthen security at city entry points, implementing spot checks and coordinating anti-trafficking initiatives.
  • Fully fund the City’s Crisis Management System and allow for more centralized coordination between law enforcement, community groups and our hospitals.
  • Improve communication and coordination between CMS and NYPD to prevent retaliatory violence once a shooting has occurred.
  • Convene citywide clergy leaders and law enforcement officials to partner on public safety initiatives in hotspots.
  • Form a Tri-State commission to formulate policy proposals that would stop the flow of illegal handguns into our communities.
  • Coordinate a multi-state East Coast compact to share information on dirty gun dealers and potential traffickers to make up for a lack of federal response.
  • Significantly increase funding to the City’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

Deal with crime spikes before they get out of control.

By using real-time governing tools and tracking crime trends to become predictive, we can quickly shift NYPD resources from one community to another to reverse bad trends, much the way the NYPD uses COMPstat. For instance, we will regularly shift detectives and other officers from low-crime areas to crime hot-spots.

Reduce crime by having cops focus on police work.

About 500 police officers work in full time clerical jobs or spend their days driving trucks or removing barricades instead of conducting investigations or preventing crime. Even police officers tasked with fighting crime spend huge amounts of their time on court appearances and paperwork.

The city can save $500 million a year through strategic civilization of the force and by lowering overtime costs related to paperwork.  A starting police officer earns $42,500 a year, which goes up to about $85,000 in less than six years. Police administrative aides make just $33,875 a year. The total savings could go into programs proven to reduce crime, like the Crisis Management System.

Tackle the trauma that festers in communities experiencing gun violence.

Living in a high-crime community and experiencing gun violence creates trauma that impacts a youth’s ability to perform in school and achieve in life. We will supply adequate services that address trauma and allow for healing, reducing the risk of incarceration, teenage pregnancy and homelessness.

Prevention and follow up measures that serve to heal and support these youth are best delivered by trauma-trained credible messengers paired with mental health professionals, social services and violence interrupters.

Address domestic violence abusers’ trauma so they stop perpetuating violence.

The NYPD responds to approximately 230,000 domestic incidents each year and 18% of homicides in NYC are due to domestic violence. Many abusers are repeat offenders. We must acknowledge that current programming to change abusers’ behavior is insufficient and doesn’t deal with root causes, which are often traumas experienced by the abuser themselves. To address this, we will launch the “Family Violence Perpetrator Program,” based on cognitive and behavioral therapy, to evaluate abusers’ traumas and treat them to prevent further violence.

Treat “Frequent Fliers” with better services.

Tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers cycle in and out of jails and mental hospitals in New York City: In 2019, about 20 percent of the city’s approximately 60,000 homeless people had a serious mental illness; and hospital stays for patients with serious mental illness add up to more than 1 million days each year. We must stop jailing the mentally ill for non-violent crimes and expand citywide the successful Fountain House model of care, providing structured therapeutic social settings to help people transition from therapeutic settings to non-therapeutic settings.

True Police Reform Through Diversity and Transparency

As a former police officer who stood up against racism and corruption in the NYPD while simultaneously protecting our streets, I know how entrenched systemic bias is in the department. The fastest way to true reform is to add as much diversity to the NYPD as fast as we can, while building trust through transparency. I will do that by:

  • Adding Black and Brown officers who will respect and protect New Yorkers.
  • Appointing the city’s first woman police commissioner.
  • Making it easier for good cops to identify bad cops–and publicizing the list of cops being monitored for bad behavior.
  • Empowering communities to have a say in their precinct leadership.

Add local Black and Brown officers who will respect and protect New Yorkers.

One reason the NYPD continues to be plagued by incidents of bias and brutality is that the department still needs to become much more diverse: About half of the force is white, while the officers are Black, Brown or Asian. We will address this by recruiting from the neighborhoods that are suffering from crime, which are mostly Black and Brown, and by allowing peace officers at City agencies — who are not police officers and who are also more likely to be Black and Brown — to be promoted to the NYPD.

Train new NYPD leaders at top institutions.

The biggest companies in the world regularly send their executives to executive training programs at elite institutions. Our next generation of police leadership should have access to the same training to improve department performance—both on crime and civil rights. The department will work with private companies who are willing to sponsor spots for NYPD supervisors at the leadership academies they send their management staff to, helping train a new generation of brass to think critically, behave honorably and lead effectively.

Appoint the first woman police commissioner.

There are about 6,500 female officers in the roughly 36,000-member force, according to city statistics. While the number of women cops have grown over the years, there are few in the higher ranks, starting at captain and on up. We will encourage more women to test for promotion to join the upper ranks – all the way to the top.

Publicize the list of cops the NYPD is monitoring for bad behavior.

The NYPD keeps its own “monitoring list” of cops with records of complaints and violent incidents. We will make those records more available to the public to be transparent and build trust.

Make it easier for good cops to identify bad cops.

Most police officers could tell you about a few bad cops they work with or have run in to—and most cops resent their behavior because it brings down their profession and makes it harder for them to do their job. At the same time, it is dangerous for cops to report those bad apples. An Adams administration will make it easier for cops to anonymously report bad behavior by their colleagues that results in swift action through an outside system overseen by the Department of Investigation, protecting whistleblowers and exposing problem police.

Create a citywide law enforcement intelligence committee.

To improve NYPD transparency and oversight over sensitive policing operations while still maintaining needed information security, we will create a citywide law enforcement intelligence committee. The NYPD will regularly report to and share information with the committee, which will include the mayor, Council speaker, council public safety chair, public advocate and borough presidents. Each will receive top secret clearance. The committee can also then vote to determine when and how information on operations is disclosed to the public, rather than relying on the NYPD to make proactive disclosures.

Connect precincts to the community.

To make precinct houses more accessible to the communities they serve, we will revamp them to be more welcoming; improve them with public high-speed internet and wi-fi access; and hire specialized outreach and public information staff to change the culture of the houses into places where residents can come to learn about and participate in social and NYPD services and programs, particularly for families, children and youth.

Empower communities to have a say in their precinct leadership.

Community policing is just a slogan if the NYPD is not, in fact, acting on what a community wants and needs. We will empower community boards and precinct councils to play a role in approving and vetoing by supermajority any precinct commander candidates and community affairs officers within their respective areas.

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