New York City police units handling traffic congestion and homeless outreach have been disbanded and the officers assigned to work on gun violence prevention, the New York Post reported.
The New York Police Department’s Traffic Congestion Mitigation Unit and its 114 officers were labeled “redundant” and dissolved as of 1 a.m. Friday, a NYPD spokesperson told the Post.
The 85 officers in the NYPD homeless outreach unit were reassigned after Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio decided police were not responsible for handling that, according to the Post.
“I don’t doubt for a moment the commitment of the NYPD and I just see these things differently than some of the advocates do,” de Blasio said Thursday.
“Traffic enforcement, I think, does belong in the NYPD.”
Since June 8, nearly 400 shootings have occurred in New York City, according to WNBC-TV.
To target high crime areas, the NYPD has started the End Gun Violence plan.
Some transportation advocates were against traffic congestion enforcement by the NYPD.
Traffic Enforcement Agents who issue parking tickets were unaffected, according to the Post.
The roughly 200 officers have all been reassigned to contain gun violence in other precincts, the NYPD spokesperson told the outlet.
The homeless outreach unit included 92 officers, 25 sergeant supervisors and three detectives who will be assigned new roles, WCBS-TV reported.
New York City’s Health Department has offered positions to several medical nurses who were part of the unit.
The plan moves officers from tourist spots since tourism has decreased due to the current health crisis, according to WNBC-TV.
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