Eric Adams Talks Fighting Crime in Boro Park
By Yehudit Garmaise
Considering that 118 of the 264 hate crimes the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force reported in 2020 were perpetrated against Jews, do the precincts in Jewish neighborhoods need additional police officers, BoroPark24 asked Borough President of Brooklyn Eric Adams.
“Manpower is needed to cut the particular spikes in hate crimes,” responded Adams, who is running for mayor of New York City, and offered his ideas on how to reduce crime in Boro Park.
“The transit police, for instance, who were doing nothing while the subway was closed from 1am to 5am for cleaning, should have been transferred to neighborhoods that needed them,” proposed Adams, who served as an officer in served as an officer in the New York City Transit Police and the NYPD from 1984 to 2006.
“We could have reassigned [the transit police] and shifted them to those units and those locations in which there were increases in hate crimes,” Adams told BoroPark 24.
Like Mayor Bill de Blasio, Adams said that “precision policing” is one of the biggest keys to reducing crime.
“We know who the shooters are in the city,” said Adams. “We know who the gangs are, but we need to zero in on them and use intelligence to go after those known violent offenders.”
To address crime in Boro Park, Adams, who represented the 20th Senate district in Brooklyn as a state senator from 2006 to 2013, said he would find the gangs in the nearby communities, go after them, and stop them before their violence "spills over into other communities."
In addition to promoting precision policing, Adams praised Boro Park for its pro-active approach to fighting crime.
“Boro Park is extremely fortunate because it has a very low rate of violent crimes, and you have an amazing patrol force that I have been a part of for many years,” Adams said warmly. “We should continue, as I have done as a state senator, to build up those local security groups in the community.
“We still need the block watchers and the great community patrol forces.”
Adams added that communities can prevent crime by meeting the educational and emotional needs of people who, without support, can become violent criminals.
“Reducing crime is not only about reacting with more law enforcement,” Adams said. “Many crimes are committed because people are not receiving the right support.”
For example, Adams explained that 30% of the people in Rikers Island are dyslexic.
“If we start screening for dyslexia and giving people the services they need, they won’t turn to lives of crime,” Adams said.
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