Safety In NYC
Today our city faces an unprecedented crisis that threatens to undo the progress we have made against crime.
We cannot go back to a New York that is unsafe for New Yorkers—especially our children. We won’t go back.
- If we are for SAFETY – we NEED the NYPD!
- We must stand for commitment to justice that is fair and safe.
- Tracking crime, analyzing data, and good police work are key.
- Service at a community level builds greater trust.
- Spikes in lawlessness are like a disease. We will win against this and make NYC neighborhoods safe.
The shootings and deaths are startling,
and communities of color are the hardest hit.
As a former police officer who patrolled the streets in a bulletproof vest in the 1990s, I sadly know what I am talking about. Lawlessness spread through our city like a disease then, infecting communities with the same terrible swiftness that coronavirus threatens today.
At the same time we face a crisis of confidence in our police. And we cannot have lower crime without greater trust.
I personally understand the distrust and anger with the NYPD. As a young man, my brother and I were beaten by police at a precinct house, and we carry the psychological scars of that to this day.
That is why I called out racism in the department as an officer and formed 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement to push through reforms. And why I continued to call for change throughout my career, including the successful effort to stop the unlawful use of Stop-and-Frisk.
But the debate around policing has been reduced to a false choice: You are either with police, or you are against them. No. That cannot be true. Because we are all for safety. We need the NYPD — we just need them to be better.
"The police are the public and the public are the police."
– Robert Peel