NYPD Launches Graffiti Clean-Up Campaign to Start in the Spring

NYPD Launches Graffiti Clean-Up Campaign to Start in the Spring

  By Yehudit Garmaise

   When the weather improves, when New Yorkers see graffiti that bothers them, they will be able to e-mail photos to police officers, who will then assign both officers and volunteers to make the city shine again.

   In 2020, the NYPD received more than 6,000 complaints about both public and private property that was damaged and marred.

    Today, however, the NYPD announced a new effort in which police officers from all 77 precincts and the department’s transit and housing units will respond to New Yorkers’ e-mailed photos of sites in the city that need some cleaning attention.

     “Hate graffiti, or graffiti that includes offensive slogans or symbols, will be prioritized for cleanup,” the NYPD said in a statement.

     After receiving e-mailed photographs, police officers will arrange “clean-up crews” that will consist of community volunteers, who will work with members of the Law Enforcement Explorers Program, auxiliary police officers, cadets, and members of the Police Athletic League to spruce up the city.

   “Officers and community-member volunteers will stand side-by-side to get the jobs done,” said the NYPD's statement, which added that its chief of community affairs will be giving t-shirts to volunteer clean-up crew members.

   “City residents, as well as our men and women officers, know well the perils of this costly and often obscene vandalism that can mar neighborhoods, create the perception of disorder, and lead to further quality of life and crime problems,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “At the same time, our residents and their police know the power of collaboration to rejuvenate our city spaces and improve life for those who live, work and travel throughout our neighborhoods. Together, our prompt cleanups will reclaim our public spaces, deter the re-occurrence of damaging graffiti and build pride in common living spaces.”

Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

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