Change at 1 Police Plaza

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is stepping down after three years on the job. He did a good job keeping crime down, but the political climate is changing. Criminal-justice reforms are going to make it harder to maintain order, and anti-police sentiment is trending up.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Order: Advocates and politicians continue to claim, without evidence, that public-order policing is brutal and racist. Read more.

  2. Free: New laws will soon allow people charged with serious crimes to stay free pretrial. Read more.

  3. Streets: The city’s failed approach to mental illness has turned the streets and subways into de facto asylums. Read more.

“It’s only gonna get worse.”

Outgoing NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Backing the NYPD—by Accident By Heather Mac Donald (August 21, 2012)

“There is one city program for the poor, however, that has measurably improved the quality of life in distressed neighborhoods: policing.”

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