Mayor Eric Adams stated Monday that he’s in “constant contact” with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, declaring he’s “fully confident” the town’s prime cop will be capable of cut back the town’s ever-increasing crime.
During an unrelated press convention, Adams additionally instructed reporters he excursions the subway system “just about every other night.”
“It’s no secret to anyone that, just about every other night, I’m in the subway system. Because if you don’t inspect what you expect, it’s all suspect,” he quipped exterior City Hall in response to a query from The Post on how he stays up to date on subway homelessness and violent crime.
Adams defined that, together with conversations with the commissioner to start out his days, he speaks each Sunday with Sewell about adjusting public security methods
“The commissioner speaks with me every morning. Every morning, she updates our team, [and] she speaks with me,” the mayor stated. “Then, on the weekend, Sunday, the commissioner and I’ve a briefing of latest issues we need to do, how we’re going to shift issues round. We are in fixed contact.
“We know public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity, we’re zeroed in on it, and we’re focused.”
NYPD information launched final week revealed that New York City gun violence dropped final month in comparison with April 2021 — however the variety of shootings was nonetheless almost double pre-COVID-19 pandemic ranges, and main crimes had been up 34.2% general.
Adams heaped reward on Sewell, the division’s first feminine commissioner, and vowed she shall be counseled for efficiently main his administration’s efforts to “get crime under control.”
“The commissioner and I, we talk about it all the time, and we continue to pivot and shift and adjust. And I cannot thank her enough for just her vision on how we’re going to get crime under control, and we are,” he gushed. “I’m fully confident that we are, and New Yorkers are going to understand they made the right decision on their mayor, and the right decision that I made in picking our police commissioner.”
Also Monday, Adams revealed that he’ll make an announcement within the coming days associated to information exhibiting the proportion of crimes dedicated by a small minority of New Yorkers.
“We’re going to be rolling something out this week that’s just mind boggling, how many crimes a small number of people are committing. I don’t think New Yorkers [are] really connecting the dots,” he stated.
The retired NYPD captain, as he’s argued previously, insisted cops are successfully patrolling 5 boroughs however lamented a slow-moving and overly lenient court docket system has precipitated some New Yorkers to imagine they received’t be punished for his or her criminal activity.
“The police department is doing its job. The arrests are up, the number of people who are committing grand larceny, grand larceny of autos, shootings, is just a small pocket of people. But the system is bottlenecked in the court system,” Adams defined. “People don’t feel as though there will be reprisals for their actions in the city.”
Adams — who instituted a tweaked model of the plainclothes anti-crime unit disbanded in 2020 — went on to tout the greater than 2,500 unlawful firearms cops have faraway from the streets since he took workplace Jan 1.
“So what we’re doing to the police department is just unfair. Putting your lives on the line to stop dangerous people, yet there’s no support in place to partner with us to deal with those dangerous people,” he stated. “We are doing our jobs.”
The mayor’s feedback come days after his delayed return from a visit to Los Angeles, the place Adams participated in a technology-related convention as a ballot revealed a ballot revealed New York City voters have soared on him over dealing with of crime, homelessness and his general efficiency.
In a current interview, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani instructed The Post that Adams “hasn’t done a damn thing,” and ripped him for attending glitzy, star-studded occasions just like the Met Gala.