Can the New York City crime crisis be solved? Are there real solutions?
It can, and New York City police officers know the solutions, say organizations representing all ranks of the NYPD.
In a series of 60-second advertisements which began airing today, Mon May 17 on WABC radio, leaders of each of the five member organizations belonging to the New York City Law Enforcement Labor Coalition say "it's time to talk solutions, real solutions. Excuses won’t save our city. But we can."
Listen to the ads here:
PBA President Pat Lynch — Hire More Cops, Retain the Best
DEA President Paul DiGiacomo—Give Judges Discretion to Keep Dangerous Criminals Behind Bars
SBA President Ed Mullins— Stop the Anti-Police Rhetoric by Politicians
LBA President Lou Turco — Unhandcuff the Cops, Repeal Laws that Make the Job More Dangerous
CEA President Chris Monahan — Stop Policing from Headquarters, Give Discretion to Local Commanders and Cops
Ads are focused on individual issues which police union leaders believe have contributed to recent record crime increases.
Statistics for example show that a shocking 90 per cent of all suspects arrested last year for gun offenses were released by judges as a result of bail reforms passed by the State Legislature. Citizens are asked to please contact their elected officials to press for changes in bail laws.
Other issues include returning power to local police commanders who know the communities they serve best, allowing them to shift resources within their precincts based upon local conditions; repealing the City Council passed so-called diaphragm compression law which makes lawful arrests difficult while also criminal penalties on police officers who might be required to use reasonable force during arrests.
Police leaders in the ads also call for an end to anti-cop rhetoric used by political and other leaders, and for the hiring of more and better paid police officers to replace retiring police officers and those officers who are leaving the NYPD to join other higher paying police agencies within the region.