NYPD

In Wake of Global Warnings, NYPD Boosts Local Security

by Connor Ryan
Police car.

Giacomo Barbaro, Flickr

Amid global travel warnings issued by the U.S. State Department and the closure of several embassies in the Muslim world, the New York Police Department has heightened security around the city. Additional officers have been assigned to patrol houses of worship, as well as iconic local sites, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, according to the Associated Press. 
 

NYC Launching Citywide Gun Buyback Program

by Associated Press

Gregory Wild-Smith, flickr

New York City will launch a citywide gun buyback program later this year aimed at removing thousands of illegal guns off the street.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made the announcement Sunday. The Council and the NYPD each will contribute $150,000 for 10 gun buyback events.

Individuals can surrender handguns with no questions asked.

The program will offer $200 for handguns and assault rifles and a $20 for rifles and shotguns.

'Core 34' Vow to Override Veto

by Jeff Coltin
Councilman Jumaane Williams

Jeff Coltin, WFUV

New York City Council member Jumaane Williams is livid at Mayor Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act, saying "This Mayor should be embarrassed of himself. And he has embarrassed this city!"
 
Williams joined about a dozen City Council members outside City Hall Wednesday to protest the veto. Behind them stood a wide coalition of advocacy groups.

Mayor, Law Enforcement Urges City Council to Vote Down Upcoming Bills

by Connor Ryan
New York City Hall.

Flickr

Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined veteran law enforcement officials today in urging City Council members to vote down two bills that are expected to be voted on this week.

The first bill would establish an Inspector General position within the NYPD. That official would be responsible for overseeing and investigating police practices. 

Mayor Bloomberg says if enacted, the legislation would interfere with police officers' ability to protect New Yorkers.

NY Senator: New Statue of Liberty Security Risky

by Associated Press

murphydean, flickr

New security plans for the Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable when the island reopens July Fourth, New York officials said Monday.

Sen. Charles Schumer and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called for the National Park Service to reverse its plan to move security screening to nearby Ellis Island.

"The NYPD and the Park Service have differences over how to best protect visitors from a potential terrorist attack," said Kelly, adding that he has written to the secretary of the interior about the issue.

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