By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:17 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 20:59 BST, 25 September 2020
NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea says the $1 billion cut to the policing budget is partly to blame for the recent surge in crime that has seen a 140 percent spike in shootings compared to last year
NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea says the $1 billion cut to the policing budget is partly to blame for the recent surge in crime that has seen a 140 percent spike in shootings compared to last year.
Shea said the budget cuts, which were voted on by the New York City Council back in July, has had a 'significant impact' on the crime surge over the summer.
'You think back, crime follows certain patterns and trends. Certainly, we see upticks if violence in the summer... To have this crazy time happen this year, certainly, and leading to a defunding, it's really hurt,' Shea told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Friday.
'This defunding movement at a time when we know crime generally takes an upward trajectory in the summer has been a double-whammy.
'Sixty percent cut in overtime is going to damage any industry. It's certainly hitting us.
'It's hurt, unfortunately, the people in high-crime areas that, unfortunately, more often than not, tend to be people of color the most.'
The $1 billion budget cut resulted in policing funds being reallocated to education and social services over the next year.
New York City saw a 166 percent spike in shootings in