Terror Threat Supplants Traditional Crime In NYPD

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Terrorism is the top threat being faced by new New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill, he tells the New York Times. Asked about the challenges confronting him, O’Neill says, “There’s traditional crime, and then there’s counterterrorism. It used to be as a cop, what would keep you up as a precinct commander is traditional crime, but I think more and more, what’s keeping me up is the threat of terrorism.”

O’Neill says that city is “ready to operationalize neighborhood policing,” which he describes as “a change in the way we do business.” “There is a learning curve for the cops” because “we’re pushing … decision making down to its lowest level,” O’Neill says. “It’s not something they can learn overnight … we don’t have this expectation that they’re just magically going to be able to do it.” Based on anecdotes in places where the program is being tested, “it’s working, but we need to do more than that,” O’Neill says. “We’re in the middle of putting together now a survey instrument to make sure we get almost real-time feedback to see how we’re doing.”

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