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NCJ Number: 67892 Find in a Library
Title: NYPD'S (NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT) STREET CRIME UNIT
Journal: POLICE PRODUCT NEWS  Volume:3  Issue:11  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1979)  Pages:16,17,52,56-58,80
Author(s): J J BRESLIN
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE DETAILS THE PRACTICES OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT (NYPD) STREET CRIME UNIT.
Abstract: SINCE 1971, THE NYPD STREET CRIME UNIT HAS GROWN TO 340 OFFICERS AND SUPERVISORS APPORTIONED AMONG 8 SQUADS THAT ARE FURTHER SUBDIVIDED INTO TEAMS OF 2, 3, AND 4 OFFICERS. EACH SQUAD IS COMMANDED BY A LIEUTENANT WHO IS ASSISTED BY SERGEANTS IN PROVIDING FIELD SUPERVISION AND COORDINATION OF THE TEAMS DEPLOYED EACH EVENING IN THE HIGH CRIME PRECINCTS OF THE CITY. THE UNIT'S SUCCESS IS DEMONSTRATED BY ITS’ OVER 29,000 ARRESTS (25,000 FELONY GRADE) AND OVERALL CONVICTION RATE OF 85 PERCENT. MOREOVER, THE SQUADS HAVE EFFECTIVELY PLACED MUGGERS AND PURSE SNATCHERS ON THE DEFENSIVE BY FORCING THEM TO CONSIDER THAT ANY POTENTIAL VICTIM MAY BE, IN REALITY, AN ARMED OFFICER. MEMBERS OF THE STREET CRIME UNIT DRESS IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES AND, AFTER TRAINING IN DRAMATIC TECHNIQUES AND MAKEUP APPLICATION, CAN PERFORM A WIDE VARIETY OF ROLES. THE DISGUISED OFFICERS THEN PATROL A PREDETERMINED AREA AS NORMAL CITIZENS. SUCCESS DEPENDS ON ANONYMITY. IN ADDITION, BOTH THE DECOY AND THE EVER PRESENT BACKUP TEAM (ALSO DISGUISED) MUST BE SKILLED IN ACTING AND HAVE AN EXCELLENT SENSE OF TIMING. THE OFFICERS MUST ALSO BE PREPARED TO INSTANTLY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN RESPONSE TO PRECINCT OFFICERS WHO MAY NOT KNOW THEM. ELASTIC ARMBANDS ARE ISSUED TO EACH STREET CRIME UNIT MEMBER, WITH A COLOR OF THE DAY BEING DETERMINED AND RELAYED OVER THE DEPARTMENT TELETYPE NETWORK TO ALL COMMANDS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. VEHICLES USED BY THE UNITS ARE CAREFULLY CAMOUFLAGED TO LOOK LIKE NORMAL CARS ON THE STREET. NOT ONLY HAVE THESE TACTICS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN CAPTURING CRIMINALS, BUT THE WORK HAS ALSO BEEN HIGHLY POPULAR AMONG OFFICERS WHO ENJOY THE ADVENTURE, INGENUITY, AND CHALLENGE OF THE UNIT.
Index Term(s): New York; Police decoys
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