NYC To Add 800 Police Officers, 400 Civilians To Force

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New York City plans to add 800 police officers and and 400 civilians in the first major expansion of the New York Police Department since 1993, the Associated Press reports. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly are announcing the plan today.

The 400 civilians would replace officers working desk jobs, freeing them to focus on counterterrorism activities and patrolling the streets. An official attributed the crime drop in the last decade partly to the last major police expansion, former Mayor David Dinkins’ “Safe Streets, Safe City.”

Link: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–policeexpansion0321mar21,0,36242

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