The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is soon set to roll out its plainclothes gun control unit that will crack down on illegal guns in 30 precincts most adversely affected by gun violence.
According to the New York Post, the new unit, the Neighborhood Safety Teams, will be a hybrid unit that will have plainclothes police personnel and unmarked cars. However, police will be required to wear body cams and carry badges. They will replace the Public Safety Teams in various precincts.
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The full list of precincts, according to a memo obtained by the New York Post, is as follows:
Manhattan North Precincts: 23, 25, 28, 32 and 34.
Bronx Precincts: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 52
Brooklyn South Precincts: 67, 69 and 71
Brooklyn North Precincts: 73, 75, 77, 79, 81 and 83
Queens South Precincts: 101, 103, 105 and 113
Queens North Precinct: 114
Staten Island Precinct: 120
Housing Patrol Service Areas: 2, 3, 5 and 7
The unit was announced by Mayor Eric Adams, a former captain of the NYPD, on Monday as part of efforts to crack down on the illegal possession of firearms in the city.
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However, no specific date of deployment has been announced yet, but the deployment is set to commence in the coming few weeks.
New York City has been badly hit by a bad bout of gun violence: five police officers have been shot in the month of January 2022 alone. Apart from police, an 11-year-old girl was also shot in the face after she was caught in a crossfire between police and a gunman this past week. Earlier, on January 9, a 17-year-old working as a cashier at a Burger King in Harlem was also fatally shot during an armed robbery.