Staten Island Advance
updated January 06, 2015 at 1:56 PM


Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will investigate the recent decline in police activity

By Mira Wassef | mwassef@siadvance.com 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday he would be investigating the recent sharp decline in police activity, but stopped short of accusing the NYPD of a work slowdown.

Since Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered by a deranged gunman two weeks ago, there has been a significant drop off in arrests, summonses and traffic tickets compared to the same time last year, the Daily News reports.

"We're going to take a comprehensive review over the last month, but at this time I would not use the term slowdown which would indicate it's an organized or comprehensive issue," Bratton said at a press conference touting the crime reduction statistics around the city. "If in fact we feel that's what we're dealing with, we'll deal with it accordingly."

In the week between the funeral for the slain officers, arrests were down 56 percent, from 5,488 in 2013 to 2,401 in the same time period this year, according to the article.

The number of criminal summonses issues for things such as drinking in public fell 92 percent for the same week, from 4,077 to just 347. And only 749 motorists were hit with moving violations compared to 9,349 a year ago, which is a 92 percent drop.

The number of parking summonses issued fell by a whopping 90 percent, from 16,008 to just 1,191, the paper says.

Bratton claimed he would investigate the situation by precinct, borough, tours of duty, 911 calls and response time to emergency calls.

"We're watching that very closely, I'd point that with that decline in officer activity, it's been impacted by the events of the last month," Bratton said of the Eric Garner protests and the murder of the two NYPD officers. "Even with that reduced activity, the overall crime numbers have continued to decline in the city."

The relationship between the mayor's office and the NYPD has been strained since a Staten Island special grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Officers have openly disrespected Mayor Bill de Blasio by turning their back during the funerals of the two officers.

PBA President Patrick Lynch denied Tuesday that the department has initiated a slowdown.

"Statistics sometimes have to take a back seat to safety but as we saw last night in the 46 Precinct, New York City police officers, who could have closed their lockers and gone home after their shift ended, chose to respond to robbery in progress and sadly, were shot in the process," Lynch said in a statement.  "Our members are out there doing their jobs and putting themselves in danger to keep this city safe just as they always do. That's a clear demonstration of police officer's dedication to duty and that there is no union initiated or supported slowdown."