New York City Defends Its Community Policing Approach

Route Fifty: New York City officials credited community policing for the safest November in the city’s recorded history.

The self-styled “safest big city in America” is on pace to see the lowest number of crimes committed since the 1950s, said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a Monday press conference, with overall crime down 7.7 percent, murders down 20 percent and shootings down 26 percent compared to November 2016.

Placing 2,000 more police officers on patrol over two years and providing them with new training and equipment played a part, the mayor said.

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