Ulrich Wants More Cops
Eric A. Ulrich is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to increase the number of police on the city’s streets. As part of the Mayor’s preliminary budget, Bloomberg had ordered uniformed services to prepare contingency cuts of another 3.6 percent to cope with the potential loss of up to $1.3 billion in state aid.
At a recent City Council Public Safety Committee Hearing, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly testified that by the end of fiscal year 2011 the NYPD’s uniformed headcount will fall to 32,817. That is 8,047 police officers below the peak headcount of 40,864 in October 2000.
In a letter to the Mayor, Councilman Ulrich said, “It has been widely publicized in the media that crime has begun to see a spike, which has been reminiscent of the lawless days of the mid-1970s, late 1980s, and early 1990s. The recent gang-related melee between a horde of street thugs and the NYPD on Easter Sunday in Times Square is further proof that our beloved City has started down a path of increasing criminal activity that is historically consistent with an economic recession. I am asking you to revise your budget proposal to increase funding to expand the staffing levels at the NYPD to the levels that were instrumental in driving down crime rates to record lows.”
Local statistics also suggest that crime is on the rise. According to the latest CompStat figures, crimes such as robbery, felony assault and burglary have increased in the 102 and 106 Precincts.