Flooding the Zone

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has announced an initiative to take on violent crime in precincts where it is most concentrated. Targeting hot spots with more cops and resources will help to restore peace to afflicted neighborhoods. But while “flooding the zone” is a time-honored and respected policing tactic, the city’s quality-of-life enforcement should also be strengthened.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Shot: In late 2018, shootings trended up in a handful of precincts. Read more.

  2. Limit: The city has imposed limits on police ability to conduct searches of suspicious persons. Read more.

  3. Precise: Precision policing is most effective when quality-of-life enforcement remains strong. Read more.

“Successful public safety is a shared responsibility between the public and the police, and the two sides have to work together.”

William Bratton, former NYPD Commissioner

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The Past is Present

Quality-of-Life Law By Roger Conner (Autumn 1998)

“Recent breakthroughs in policing have slashed crime in New York City and other urban areas. But another development that promises to boost public safety has gone largely unnoticed.”

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“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday postponed a vote on a proposed fare and toll increase that was set to affect millions of commuters across the New York region beginning in March.”