NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea blames $1b budget cut for crime surge

New York City Police Commissioner blames a $1 billion cut to the NYPD's budget for recent surge in crime that has seen a 166% spike in shootings from last year NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea said the $1b policing budget cuts has had a 'significant impact' on the crime surge over the summer  The cuts, which were voted on by the NYC Council in July, resulted in policing funds being reallocated to education and social services over the next year Shea said the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the court system and legislative factors had also played a role in surging crime rates New York City saw a 166% spike in shootings in August compared to the same time last year, according to NYPD crime statistics Police also said murders went up 34% on-year in the first eight months of 2020

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:17 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 20:59 BST, 25 September 2020

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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

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 August compared to the same time last year, according to NYPD crime statistics. In August, New York tallied 242 shootings compared with 91 in the same month the previous year

New York City saw a 166 percent spike in shootings in

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