Crime in New York City is going up in all categories except homicide, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. told the Queens Campaigner in an interview published today.
â€śIâ€™ve been warning that this crime increase would occur,â€ť said the chair of the Council's public safety committee.
He indicated that the size of the police force could be linked to the uptick in crime, telling reporter Rebecca Henley that the "Safe Cities, Safe Streets" program in the early 1990s increased the number of police officers in the city from 31,000 to 41,000. But now he said that number is less than 35,000.
Vallone also defended stop-and-frisk, saying the police tactic had successfully gotten 800 firearms off the streets.
â€śI think theyâ€™re making an effort to do things the right way,â€ť he said of the New York Police Department....