The NYPD’s gonna social gathering prefer it’s 1959.
With just some hours earlier than the large ball drop in Occasions Sq., the NYPD was anticipating a serious milestone — ending the yr with fewer than 300 homicides.
Unofficial numbers present that the NYPD had investigated 290 homicides to date this yr — a quantity the NYPD hasn’t seen in almost 70 years, officers stated.
“It’s protected to say proper now that New York hasn’t been like this because the 1950s,” Commissioner James O’Neill stated on “Good Day New York” earlier this month.
Cops investigated 45 fewer killings when in comparison with final yr, the place detectives investigated 335.
But final yr’s determine nonetheless didn’t beat 2014, which noticed a record-breaking 333 homicides — the bottom quantity in trendy occasions.
No murders have been reported within the metropolis on Saturday or Sunday, cops stated.
The newest killing was within the Bronx on Friday night time, when Teddy Gibson was discovered sprawled out on Truxton St. and Worthen St. within the Hunts Level part of the Bronx about 10:20 p.m.
Gibson had been shot within the head at near point-blank vary, police sources stated.
The 2017 numbers are a 61% drop from 20 years in the past, when there have been 746 slayings — which was on the time thought-about a 30-year low.
Murders within the metropolis peaked in 1990 with 2,245 homicides, a quantity that included the 87 lives misplaced in an inferno set by an arsonist on the Joyful Land Social Membership within the Bronx.
Shootings are additionally down for the yr, officers stated.
As of Thursday, the NYPD investigated 784 shootings — 204 fewer than the 988 recorded this time final yr. That’s a 21% drop in shootings, cops stated.
O’Neill has lengthy credited the drop in crime to the division’s neighborhood policing initiative, the place cops are given particular sectors and are instructed to succeed in out to residents within the space.