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Newly appointed Commissioner Bill Bratton yesterday offered fresh details into his plans for the NYPD. He said he'd begin with repairing the relationship of the police force and the community. Officers would be reminded that they are dealing with a human being when engaging in stop-and-frisk, and to do so in a constitutional manner. Additional oversight of the police was welcomed. Operation Impact, a program flooding high crime neighborhoods with rookie cops that results in numerous stops, would be curbed. But Operation Crew Cut, an initiative aimed at youth gangs, would be expanded. John Miller, a news anchor and former head of the LAPD's counterterrorism bureau, was appointed as the NYPD's counter-terrorism chief. Bratton said he would continue sending officers overseas despite the high price tag and lack of success in developing leads on potential attacks in New York. He also reiterated his commitment to an intensive focus on traffic issues in order to reduce fatalities.

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Today's Report

Housing Program Improves Health And Reduces Costs
The Supportive Housing program, which provides housing and supportive services for various at-risk populations, results in residents spending fewer days in institutions and cost savings, according to this new report by the Health Department. Residents in the program were less likely than eligible but unplaced applicants to have several types of hospitalizations and emergency department visits. They also spent fewer days in jail and shelters, and public sector expenditures were about $10,100 less per person during their first year in the program. (read the full report)