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Friday, June 1, 2007

End of Operation Impact?

It's been well reported (particularly in the Daily News here, here and here) that Operation Impact, the police program that floods high-crime hot spots with rookie officers, is endangered because there aren't enough new recruits to staff it. Officials credit Impact with taking a bite out of crime in several drug-ridden, violent neighborhoods throughout the city.

So, what does Impact's potential elimination mean for the 52nd Precinct and the rest of the west Bronx? Well, short of the disappearing police presence in the 52nd Precinct's current Impact Zones, it follows that there's virtually no chance that current Five-Two commander James Alles will get the Impact Zone he wants for Tracey Towers and Knox-Gates, where tensions between young people are high.

There's a City Council Public Safety hearing on Monday to discuss police staffing issues at 10 a.m. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Coming on the heels of recent testimony from Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, where he classified the lack of officer recruitment as the number one labor crisis in the City, Public Safety Chair Peter Vallone will host a long planned hearing to address what NYPD can do to meet its stated goals for hiring new officers. The hearing will address not only recruitment, but retention of officers and the impact that fewer officers is having on public safety.


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