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.
Our city faces an unprecedented crisis that threatens to undo the progress we have made against crime. Gun arrests, shootings and hate crimes are up; people do not feel safe in their homes or on the street.
As a police officer who patrolled the streets in a bulletproof vest in the 1990s, I watched lawlessness spread through our city, infecting communities with the same terrible swiftness of COVID-19.
We cannot allow New York to go back to a city that is unsafe.
At the same time we face a crisis of confidence in our police. I understand that mistrust because as a young man, police beat my brother and I at a precinct house–and we still carry the pain of that.
I called out racism in the NYPD as an officer and helped push through reforms, including the successful effort to stop the unlawful use of Stop-and-Frisk.
The debate around policing has been reduced to a false choice: You are either with police, or you are against them. That is simply wrong because we are all for safety. We need the NYPD — we just need them to be better.
We also need a COMPstat-like plan of action that includes bringing all stakeholders to the table and using a laser-like focus to address the reasons behind our spike in shootings. We must put this fire out before it consumes entire neighborhoods and torches our reputation as the safest big city in America.Here’s my plan for reducing crime and reforming the NYPD.
"The police are the public and the public are the police."
– Robert Peel
"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu