The New York Times reports that Operation Impact, an NYPD initiative that floods high-crime areas with rookie officers, has been renewed and expanded. In addition to several neighborhoods in
The piece is a lengthy 1,530 words but doesn’t ask or even allude to the most obvious questions, namely:
-Do neighborhoods where Impact has resulted in lower crime rates maintain those lower rates after the contingent of Impact officers moves on?
-Is there a correlation between Impact and the overall decrease in city crime rates? Yes, crime rates — particularly homicide rates — are at a historic low. And yes, of course crime in neighborhoods with Impact deployments see a drastic reduction. That doesn’t necessarily mean the two are related.
There are no perspectives from neighborhoods that have already had Impact. Are they better off since Impact left, worse off, the same?
The 52nd Precinct is well acquainted with Impact, particularly in the community just above
Citywide crime statistics, and even precinct-wide stats, are not very useful in judging whether the effects of Impact last in the sectors of a precinct where it operated. Analyzing sector-level crime statistics before, during and after Impact would be useful.
We’ll see if we can fill in some of these gaps in an upcoming issue of the Norwood News.