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.

  1. If we are for SAFETY – we NEED the NYPD!
  2. We must stand for commitment to justice that is fair and safe.
  3. Tracking crime, analyzing data, and good police work are key.
  4. Service at a community level builds greater trust.
  5. Spikes in lawlessness are like a disease. We will win against this and make NYC neighborhoods safe.
"We must tackle the trauma that festers in communities experiencing gun violence. "

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.

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.

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.

"The police are the public and the public are the police."

– Robert Peel

I stand with you, I stand for you and together we’ll answer the promise of New York City.

"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

All New Yorkers need to know, including Latinos in Spanish, that Eric Adams is a progressive Democrat who believes that New York’s comeback starts with making sure every kid has a fair shot at a safe and secure future.  Eric’s plan – investing in early childhood education, improving our public schools — and safe, affordable housing.  And it also means getting illegal guns off of our streets and tackling violent crime — head on.

Become A Volunteer

Eric is deeply passionate about creating positive change in the lives of all New Yorkers.  For over 30 years he has been a dedicated servant of the People.  Now is our time to stand with Eric for an equitable New York City.

    By providing my cell phone number I agree to receive texts from EricAdams2021. Msg & Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to opt out. Text HELP for more info.  Privacy Policy.  Terms of Service.