About 1,000 more cops will soon be out on patrol in New York City at no extra cost to the city, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton tells the New York Daily News. The City Council had called for the hiring of 1,000 new cops at a cost of $94 million, which both Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio opposed. Instead, under terms of a budget agreement, the city will spend $6 million to hire 200 civilian workers for desk jobs currently done by officers. Those cops will then be moved into enforcement roles.
Up to 200 other officers will go back to patrol duty as task forces are consolidated. During the summer, 400 other cops are assigned to seasonal duties, such as working at Coney Island. The rest of the beefed-up patrol force will come when 600 graduate from the Police Academy in two weeks. John Miller, counterterrorism and intelligence deputy, said NYPD can fill critical needs by using cops on overtime. That can mean assessing terror concerns on any given day and if appropriate, using cops under his watch to address conventional crime concerns, Miller said. He said the 1,000 cops assigned to fight terrorism are enough. Bratton said that while he would relish a return to 2001, when the city had 41,000 officers, he feels the 35,000-member force is enough to do the job.