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NYPD: Increased shootings correlate with calls to 311 on quality of life
Anthony M. DeStefano
The explosion of shootings in New York City last year appears to have a
significant correlation to quality-of-life calls in some of the
hardest-hit neighborhoods, NYPD officials say.
The city recorded a nearly 100% increase in shootings in 2020, with
1,531 compared to 777 in 2019; the number of victims climbed from 924
the previous year to 1,868, NYPD figures show.
An analysis of the calls found that shootings often happened within six
hours of calls to 311 operators about six major quality-of-life
complaints: drinking in public, open drug activity, and loud noise in
parks, commercial establishments like bodegas, residential areas and
sidewalks, said Chief Michael LiPetri, head of NYPD crime control
The correlation is prompting the NYPD to intensify efforts in 2021 to
engage community leaders and other stakeholders to help the department
deal with quality-of-life issues in an effort to reduce violence,
"At some point it needs to come to enforcement, and we need backing of
many, many different agencies and leaders and stakeholders in the
community," LiPetri said in an interview with Newsday.
The calls related to complaints about activity that took place within
500 feet of the eventual shooting, although it was unclear if the
activities actually prompted the shootings, officials said.
Richard Aborn, head of the Citizens Crime Commission, said the NYPD data
indicated that a lack of quality-of-life enforcement may have a negative
impact on the street. The data, which Aborn believed showed a "loose
correlation" between 311 calls and shootings, nevertheless may help
officials make better decisions on deploying resources, he said.
Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy, whose constituents live in some of
the high shooting areas, said in a statement to Newsday that he was
encouraged by the NYPD attempt to find new ways of dealing with the
"But we need a wide range of resources, including from better support
for block associations, mental health resources at schools, healthy food
for families, and business opportunities for local entrepreneurs,"
Paul DiGiacomo, head of the Detectives' Endowment Association, said over
the years the department has stepped back from quality-of-life
enforcement. Any effort now to reengage may cause problems for officers
who are reluctant to deal with low-level crimes out of fear of getting
in trouble amid anti-police sentiment after the May 2020 death of George
Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, he said.
LiPetri and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea have attributed the increase
in violence for 2020 to a combination of factors, including bail reform
and the closing of the courts and grand juries brought about by the
COVID-19 pandemic. But quality-of-life complaints tied to shootings
suggest that a deterioration of street conditions had been overlooked as
a precursor to violence.
"We are telling them [elected leaders] there is basically hundreds of
calls of quality of life on a block that has six or seven shootings,"
LiPetri said. "There is definitely a correlation."
In 2020, there were 1.27 million 311 calls to police, compared to
840,000 in 2019, a jump of 51.1%, LiPetri said. Some of that increase
was attributed to complaints about social distancing, noted LiPetri. But
when police drilled down deeper into the data, they identified 100
blocks that had multiple shootings and also were preceded by a total of
11,000 calls to 311 about the six most frequent complaints, LiPetri said.
Nearly 30% of the shootings in 2020 were preceded by 311 calls, compared
to 24% in 2019, according to police data. The trend was evident during
the peak summer violence months, LiPetri said.
"What we did see that was very alarming, in June and July we took over
115 shootings in June and 100 shootings in July preceded by
quality-of-life calls," LiPetri said.
Anthony M. DeStefano has been a reporter for Newsday since 1986 and
covers law enforcement, criminal justice and legal affairs from its New
York City offices.
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