” Policing operates off of 2 mechansims,” said Adams, a former NYPD officer and the most prominent Black political leader in New York City. ” One is the omnipresence of blue and white cars, and the other is the aspect of unpredictability, that bad men can’t think that policing is a predictable design.
” Not having plainclothes, in my belief, on the precinct level, where you can have excellent guidance … [means] you’re taking away the element of surprise. Policing can not be predictable and today it is foreseeable for those bad people that carry weapons.”
The plainclothes unit was disbanded last month, with roughly 600 officers reassigned to other team, amidst criticism of the NYPD’s reaction to demonstrations following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis cops custody.
” Trust is crucial to effective policing,” NYPD Commisioner Dermot Shea stated at the time. “Trust takes a long period of time to make, and it is really easy to lose. We will continue to work relentlessly to make and keep that trust, because without community partnership, we can not efficiently do our tasks.”
” What I wish to see, and require, is the civilian-ization of those inside assignments,” said Adams, who some observers think about a contender in the 2021 New York mayoral election. ” I think you can drop the headcount of policing, which is 90 percent of the budget plan, without dropping the patrol strength.
” If you take those officers out of barrier details, if you take them out of telephone switchboard operators, [out] of all of those clerical tasks, you can preserve your patrol strength,” Adams explained. ” We require to truly introduce innovation into policing. I pressed to get telemedicine into our health and healthcare facilities. I think you can do the same in policing, drive down overtime expenses, have officers not sit in court throughout the day, or use technology and really turn the corner on policing in this city.”