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PBA Communications Director
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or Joseph Mancini
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July 27, 2012
For Immediate Release




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PBA PRESIDENT PAT LYNCH REACTS
TO MAYOR BLOOMBERG’S COMMENT ON JULY 27, 2012

In reaction to Mayor Bloomberg’s comments today on a radio program saying the city doesn’t need more police, PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“Tragically, a reduction of police presence from ten officers to only two at Rucker Park allowed a gun fight to take place where five people were shot and in a separate incident a lack of police presence allowed a shooting that took the life of an innocent four-year boy.  We cannot go a single weekend without reading a body count and it’s because there are not enough police officers on our streets.  Even more troubling is that if a decision was made today to hire more police, the process takes a year before you see any benefit in the neighborhoods.  These problems will only get worse while we are waiting for more sorely need police officers.”

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