Many of 607 officers newly graduated into the New York Police Department will be placed in eight of the city’s most troubled precincts, where shootings have been on the rise, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new recruits are the first to be trained under the watch of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. The new officers are part of the NYPD’s annual strategy of flooding the city’s streets, housing projects and transit system during the summer months, when crime typically increases.
While overall crime in the city has continued to drop, some neighborhoods have been plagued by an increase in shootings, particularly in the past month. “There is still too much crime. We are counting on you to work with them, for them,” Bratton told the graduating class in a ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The graduation came after a week in which 28 shooting incidents were reported in the city, claiming 39 victims. For the year, the city has 611 reported shooting victims through June 29, a 10.3 percent increase over the same period last year.