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Michael Gartland

New York Daily News

Jan 19, 2022 5: 47 PM

Mayor Adams slammed his own police department Wednesday for engaging in “all this showy stuff” instead of directing more cops to the neighborhoods that need them the most.

He also revealed he’s still undecided on whether he’ll order a cost savings regimen for the NYPD — and suggested his decision would depend on the department’s ability to more efficiently and effectively deploy cops.

“Here’s my problem with the NYPD,” he said. “You hired … a police officer to be on patrol to go after the bad guys — that was why you hired him. He should not be sitting in the license division. His dangerous day should not be a paper cut. He needs to be on patrol.”

Then-Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams greets NYPD officers before the Parade of Heroes on Broadway in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2021.

Then-Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams greets NYPD officers before the Parade of Heroes on Broadway in Manhattan, New York on July 7, 2021. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

Last week, Adams announced plans to slash city spending by 3%, but he included the caveat that some agencies would be exempt from such cuts, like the Health Department and the city’s network of public hospitals.

On Wednesday, he was asked if the NYPD would get similar treatment. Adams responded that it all depends.

He vowed to begin “using my technology” to perform an analysis of how NYPD resources are allocated — but noted that he’s already witnessed firsthand what he views to be waste.

NYPD staffing of parades is one place he suggested he has his sights on.

“I’m sure you have gone to a parade, and you walk down the block, and you saw ten officers just standing there. And I bet you they’re all on overtime, and you’re saying, ‘Why are they all here for the Steuben Parade?” he said. “Why aren’t you on patrol somewhere?”

He then pointed to his own official events as well.

“I told the chief of department the other day. I’ll go to a school or do a visit in the community. When I get there, I have ten police officers standing there to show me that, ‘Hey Mr. Mayor, we’re here.’ I don’t need you here! I need you on patrol!” he said. “Give me one cop right out front. It’s a wrap. I don’t want to see all of this display of police presence. No — you want to impress me — have that display in Brownsville. Have that display in Harlem. Go to the communities that need you to be there.”

His riff on the department’s inefficient use of resources stemmed from a City Hall news briefing focused on an executive order he signed bringing all of the city’s tech agencies under one umbrella — the new Office of Technology and Innovation. That agency will merge several existing agencies, including the Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications; the Algorithms Management and Policy Office; and NYC 311.

Part of its mission will be making city government run more efficiently and protecting against cyber attacks. On the latter point, Adams noted that his predecessor, former Mayor Bill de Blasio, warned him that while “COVID is a problem, the real problem that we’re facing is cyber security.”

“It can bring our city to a halt if we do not get prepared for the attacks to our infrastructure,” Adams said. He declined, however, to specify any specific incidents or recommendations de Blasio shared with him.

His overarching point was cutting the flab from government. And that, he concluded, would be applied to the NYPD, one way or another.

“I’m going to ask: what are you doing? You have that gun, you have that shield, you have that vest. Tell me, why aren’t you on patrol? Why aren’t you on my subways? Why aren’t you on the street corners? That’s the problem,” he said. “So it’s not the fact that, you know, do they have their dollars. Are we deploying the manpower? And I’m going to make sure before we increase numbers, that we are using taxpayers’ dollars to deploy police properly.”

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