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Staten Island Officers Rescue 7-Year-Old Girl with Severe Asthma

On December 4th, Police Officers Timofeeva and Drozd from the 120th Precinct rushed to a Staten Island home after receiving a 911 call about a 7-year-old girl having a severe asthma attack. When they arrived, the young girl was unconscious and unresponsive. Officer Drozd immediately began performing chest compressions as Officer Timofeeva coordinated with EMS over the radio.

Within two minutes, little Christina opened her eyes and took her first breath. Shortly after, Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported her to Richmond University Hospital. After stopping by the hospital the next day to check on Christina, the officers saw her smile and  knew it was their Christmas miracle. Thanks to these officers quick life-saving actions, Christina will make a full recovery.

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Police Involved Shooting (Staten Island)

Remarks as delivered by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill:

Tonight, we are reminded once again of the dangers our officers face every day as they work to keep New York City safe. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea will share details in a moment. I’ll give you a little preliminary. Sunday night at approximately 9:50, uniform officers from the 120 Precinct responded to a call at a residence for a domestic dispute with an intoxicated person. This individual was brandishing a long blade, as our officers moved in to de-escalate the situation, repeatedly ordering the individual to drop the weapon, he made a move towards them. One of the officers deployed a Taser. The Taser did not stop the threat, and the officers had no choice but to then discharge their weapons, striking the individual. He is deceased. Also struck in the exchange was one of our officers. He is currently in stable condition receiving medical treatment here. The officer’s family and colleagues are with him here at the hospital. As I said, this incident is a stark reminder of the dangers and challenges our officers face in the line of duty. It’s also a testament to how their training and focus is to de-escalate violence. I wish to thank first responders as well as the doctors and staff at Staten Island University Hospital. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea will discuss the event further.

Remarks as delivered by Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea: 

Good morning, everyone. Last night at about 2143 hours, uniformed members of the service assigned to the 120 precinct received a call for a disorderly male intox. The address of occurrence was 30 Bridge Court. A short time later two uniformed members of the 120 Precinct responded. They encountered a male at a side apartment, if you look at it, it’s a multi-dwelling, on the left hand side of this establishment is an alleyway. When they went down that alleyway, eventually they come to a door and they encounter a male armed with a 14-inch knife. We’ll get you pictures of the knife electronically. The knife consists of a 4-inch wooden handle with a 10-inch blade. When you look at the body cameras, and both officers were equipped with body cameras, and this all very preliminary at this point, you can see the male attempting to get past who we believe is his wife and coming at the officers.You hear multiple times, “shoot me, shoot me, shoot me.” During this encounter a Taser was deployed by at least one of the officers. We believe it struck the individual but unfortunately did not cause him to cease his attack. In the ensuing shots we have up to 10-to-12 shots, at this time it’s preliminary, that were fired with multiple striking the victim, causing his demise. Also in this exchange of gunfire we had one officer who was struck. He is stable in serious condition.

The knife recovered at the scene.
The knife recovered at the scene.

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Citywide Overall Crime Continues to Decline in November 2018


New York, New York –This November, New York City experienced fewer index crimes than in any previous November during the modern Compstat era, as overall crime since January continues to fall to historic lows compared to the same time in 2017. New York City achieved a reduction of 402 index crimes or -5.0% during November 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. Murders fell -25%, while burglaries fell -15.8%, and robberies fell -11.8%. Overall crime in 2018 is still currently projected to drop beneath what would become a new record-setting low of 97,000 total index crimes by the year’s end.

“In our ongoing mission to further reduce crime and keep all New Yorkers safe, the NYPD’s highly-effective, targeted approach toward the real drivers of violence and disorder continues to yield positive results. Increasingly, our efforts are supported by the full and willing partnership of our communities – which not only makes our city safer, it makes the people we serve feel safer too”, said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.


“In 2014, my administration took a new approach to policing that brings officers and community together to heal historic wounds. And, month after month of record new lows proves that neighborhood policing coupled with targeted enforcement is a winning formula,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will never stop working to make New York City safer and fairer for all.”


Key highlights from this month’s crime statistics:

  • Lowest November on record for index crimes. 402 fewer in November 2018 compared to November 2017.
  • Year-to-date, overall index crimes are down -1.5% from 2017.
  • Robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies, and grand larceny autos continue to be down year-to-date.
  • Lowest number of homicides (15) ever in a November.
  • First November ever with burglaries under 1,000.
  • Year-to-date, shootings are down -3.3% from 2017.

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NYPD Unveils New Unmanned Aircraft System Program

Queens, New York—Today the NYPD announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, and the licensed NYPD officers of the Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) who will operate them. Whether it’s a search and rescue mission, an inaccessible crime scene, a hostage situation, or a hazardous material incident, this technology will undoubtedly help keep New Yorkers and officers safe. These devices will be deployed solely by licensed members of TARU who have gone through vigorous training.

The Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) provides specialized investigative equipment and tactical support to all bureaus within the NYPD, from officers on patrol to the Emergency Service Unit (ESU). The unit’s expertise in audio/visual technology helps: enhance investigations through the recovery of surveillance video footage; record police action at large-scale demonstrations and arrest situations; and provide crucial live video to incident commanders during ongoing emergency situations.

“As the largest municipal police department in the United States, the NYPD must always be willing to leverage the benefits of new and always-improving technology,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Our new UAS program is part of this evolution – it enables our highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve, and to carry out the NYPD’s critical work in ways that are more effective, efficient, and safe for everyone.”

This cutting edge technology is another tool that the NYPD can deploy in select circumstances to help keep New Yorkers safe, and also enhance officer safety. The UAS program can help NYPD gather crucial information as situations unfold without putting officers at risk and lessen harm and danger to civilian bystanders and other involved parties.

Across the country there are more than 900 state and local police, fire and emergency units with UAVs. During the NYPD’s research and development stage, NYPD officials met with other police departments to learn about their programs. Additionally, the Department solicited feedback from City Council members and advocates.


Key facts about the NYPD UAS program

Types of UAVs:

UAVs on Hand Quantity Key Benefits
DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter 11 Quick deployable small drone for tactical operations
DJI M210 RTK quadcopter 2 Larger, weather resistant drone with 30x zoom camera and thermal imaging capabilities, 3d mapping, search & rescue
DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter 1 Used for training and testing purposes


Acceptable Uses Unacceptable Uses
 •Search & Rescue

•Collision & Crime Scene Documentation

•Evidence Search at Large/Inaccessible Locations

•HAZMAT Incidents

•Traffic & Pedestrian Monitoring at Large Events

•Assistance at Hostage/Barricaded Situations

•Other emergency situations with approval of Chief of Department

 •Routine Patrol

•Traffic Enforcement

•Immobilizing Vehicles or Suspects

•Never Used as a Weapon or Equipped with a Weapon

•Search without a warrant



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Emergency Service Unit Detectives Rescue Proposal

A story with a grate ending!

On a chilly Friday evening in Times Square a pair of English tourists, John & Daniella, had no idea that their trip to the Big Apple would make them overnight celebrities. John had planned a surprise proposal for his then-girlfriend, Daniella, on their trip to New York City. Things were going just as planned; a beautiful proposal in Central Park followed by a YES and sightseeing around the city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, while in Times Square things literally went south when the ring fell into a subway grate. Unsure how to retrieve the ring, John immediately flagged down a pair of Transit officers who in turn called the Emergency Service Unit (ESU).While the midnight ESU officers were unable to locate the ring, day tour ESU detectives decided to give it another shot. In the daylight, Detectives Bucchignano and Glacken recovered the engagement ring.

With no contact information for the couple, our NYPD detectives turned to social media for a fairy tale ending. Our first post on Twitter was a hit! This story went viral with nearly 30,000 retweets ranging from news outlets to celebrities locally and overseas. Everyone wanted to join in the hunt for this newly-engaged couple. Within a day, John and Daniella heard about the global manhunt and contacted the NYPD from across the pond. With the help of our detectives, the ring was returned along with a story to share for years to come!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Street Closures & Related Information

The New York City Police Department announced today the street closures and security measures that will be in effect during the 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th. Because heavy traffic is expected, drivers should avoid the vicinity of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall from 3 p.m. to midnight. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to use mass transit.

All spectators attending the event must pass through a security screening prior to entering the tree-lighting area. Screening areas will be located at 48th, 49th and 50th Streets at both 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Spectators are reminded that umbrellas, large coolers, alcoholic beverages, backpacks and/or large bags are prohibited.

The following streets will be subject to closure from 3:00 p.m. until the conclusion of the event:

  • 48th to 51st Street between Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue
  • 47th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue

Effective Thursday, November 29th until Monday, January 7, 2019, the following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic on weekdays from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m., and on weekends from 1:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (Subject to change due to crowds):

  • 49th Street between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas
  • 50th Street between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas

Media Parking

The following area will be provided for “Broadcast Vehicles” only:

At 10 a.m., November 28th, “Broadcast Vehicles” can begin to park on 51st Street from the corner of Avenue of the Americas going east to mid-block on the south side of the street, no vehicles may park east of Rockefeller Plaza.

Please note: There will be no parking four car lengths from the crosswalk of Rockefeller Plaza.

Parking restrictions will also be placed on Avenue of the Americas, 48th, 49th, 50th, and 51st Streets, 51st Street, from Avenue of the Americas to Seventh Avenue which will require the displacement of some vehicles authorized to park in “NYP” zones. Additional parking will be available on 48th and 49th Streets from Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue for vehicles bearing “NYP” plates.

There will also be no parking four car lengths from any crosswalk on the streets designated for media parking. Parking regulations, such as no parking by fire hydrants and crosswalks, will also be enforced.

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Queens Officers Evacuate Residents during Apartment Fire


On November 8th, what began as a routine day on patrol quickly turned into a fire rescue in Queens. While Neighborhood Coordination Officers Robert Worsthorn and Jose Torres were reviewing the crimes in their sector of the 115th Precinct, they noticed smoke billowing from a nearby apartment building. Without hesitation, they called over the radio for the Fire Department before entering the dwelling.

Once inside, they were able to evacuate five occupants from the first floor. As they moved on to clear the basement, they spotted an elderly couple struggling to evacuate. The officers assisted them out of the building, before checking the top floor of the residence. Once the building was cleared, both officers exited as the Fire Department worked to control the blaze.

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PSA 7 Anti-Crime Helps Pregnant Woman Get to the Hospital Just in Time

While Anti-Crime officers are known for getting guns and drugs off the streets, these Bronx officers recently had a much different job to handle. On November 15th, the midnight Anti-Crime team from Police Service Area 7 saw something out of the ordinary and went to investigate. To their surprise, they saw a women in labor struggling.

The Anti-Crime team quickly transported the mother-to-be in their vehicle and rushed her to Lincoln Hospital. With only minutes to spare, they made it to the hospital just in time to welcome baby Toure to the world. We are happy to report that both the mother, and her new baby boy, are healthy and in good spirits.

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Queens Officer and Good Samaritan Rescue Suicidal Woman from Highway Overpass

On his way back from a community meeting in the 105th Precinct, Officer Fitzgerald responded to a radio call of a woman in crisis who was attempting to jump off an overpass onto the Cross Island Parkway. At the scene, Officer Fitzgerald saw that the woman in distress was being held against the overpass fence by a Good Samaritan who was attempting to stop her. Recognizing they were in imminent danger of falling into the traffic below, Officer Fitzgerald sprang into action.

Focused on saving their lives, Officer Fitzgerald traversed a narrow four-inch ledge 50 feet to the middle of the overpass. When he reached the civilians, Officer Fitzgerald worked with the Good Samaritan to secure the distressed woman and convince her to follow them back to safety. Together, they navigated back to the western side of the bridge where the woman was transported to the hospital to receive the help she needs.

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NYPD Announces Updates to Strengthen the Special Victims Division

New York, New York— The NYPD announced today the latest updates on changes to the NYPD’s Special Victims Division (SVD) to uphold and strengthen the NYPD’s commitment to survivors of sexual assault. In April of this year, the NYPD launched a top-to-bottom review under the new Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea’s leadership to identify areas within the SVD that could be improved through a survivor-focused philosophy, starting from the very first interaction and throughout the entire investigative process.

As part of Chief Shea’s review of the Detective Bureau, he has appointed four Assistant Chiefs to oversee various units within the division. This includes Assistant Chief James Essig, Assistant Chief Christopher McCormack, Assistant Chief Jason Wilcox and Assistant Chief William Aubrey. During the last seven months, NYPD leadership has met with advocates, elected officials and other stakeholders to solicit feedback, which has been an important part of the bureau-wide review. The key areas of changes announced today—which have had rolling implementation over the last seven months—include leadership, staffing, policy, training and facilities.

“Our team continues to come into sharp focus as we shape the NYPD for the future,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “The significant policy enhancements, facility improvements, and restructuring within our Special Victims Division amplify our ability to respond effectively to survivors of all crimes, while continuing to conduct full and thorough investigations. Our mission remains clear: to build on the past 27 months and move ahead with all the people we serve, in every neighborhood of New York City. That is our way forward — together.”

“Over the last seven months we have performed a top-to-bottom review of the Detective Bureau, and made incredible progress in the Special Victims Division. Through this new structure, policy changes and facility improvements, we will continue to take critical steps forward,” said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “We are deeply committed to doing everything and anything necessary to ensure survivors feel the safety and support needed to come forward, bravely share their experiences, and help the NYPD bring to justice those who have committed these horrific crimes.”

I’m extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity to serve the Department and the great citizens of New York City in this significant leadership role,” said Deputy Chief Judith Harrison. “I look forward to working in partnership with the Victims’ Advocacy Groups and the District Attorneys as we together serve the citizens of New York City and continue the progress that’s already been made. I will cultivate an environment where survivors of sexual assault know that we are committed to providing survivors with the justice they deserve.”

SVD Leadership Reorganization

Restructure significantly increases supervision and builds capacity in unit.

  • Restructured the Detective Bureau to have SVD report to Assistant Chief Essig.
  • Appointed Deputy Chief Judith Harrison to lead SVD as the new Commanding Officer.
    • Deputy Chief Judith Harrison joined the New York City Police Department in April 1997. For the past 21 years, she has worked in various assignments while ascending the supervisory ranks including serving as the Commanding Officer in both the 112 Precinct and the 109 Precinct, culminating with her promotion to Deputy Chief last July where she joined the Detective Bureau. Chief Harrison has had patrol experience in every rank she’s held on this job and responded to numerous calls for assistance which involved sex crimes and assaults against vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly. As a precinct executive (2013-2018), she was intimately involved with every crime that was reported to the precinct from commencement to conclusion, including sex crimes. Queens Special Victims turns out of the same building that Patrol Borough Queens North and the 112 Precinct turns out of where Chief Harrison was a Lieutenant in Patrol Borough Queens North from 2007 to 2013, and Commanding Officer of the 112 Precinct from 2014-2016. She worked closely with all investigative units in that location, including Queens Special Victims.
  • Added a second XO Executive Officer to split the Adult and Child Squad responsibilities to further strengthen each unit and specialty. Deputy Inspector Paul Saraceno oversees the Adult Squad and Deputy Inspector Caroline Roe oversees the Child Abuse Squad.
  • Moved the Hate Crime Task Force to SID to better organize and focus both missions.  Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari continues to serve as Commanding Officer of HCTF.

Enhance SVD Staffing

Increasing the number of detectives solving cases.

  • Over the last seven months the NYPD has added 34 newly transferred investigators. Additionally, through a combination of civilianization and elimination of redundant functions, the NYPD has created 12 more active investigators and added a new analyst to help automate reports. This has increased staffing in the Adult Squad by 44 investigators from 74 to 118.
  • The average caseload per detective is now 63.7, down from 76.5 at the end of 2017. Even if there was a 10% increase in cases in 2019, we project that this caseload ratio will decline even further in the New Year.
  • Total overall staffing in SVD is now 281. This includes 230 police officers and detectives, as well as 51 other personnel including civilians, supervisors and executives.

Enhance SVD Training

Ensuring every detective in SVD has state of the art training to support survivors of sexual assault as they thoroughly investigate every case.

  • Over the past seven months, the NYPD accelerated training for all investigators in SVD. As a result, every detective in SVD has now received full Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) training. FETI training is a science-based methodology and is considered the state of the art training.

Improved SVD Facilities

Over the last seven months improvements to SVD facilities have been made including facility upgrades, painting and new furniture.

  • Immediate repairs conducted in facilities in all five boroughs to make environments more welcoming.
  • Visited Philadelphia to learn from other law enforcement and developing better SVD facilities with the goal of having advocates on site as well as prosecutors.
  • Work underway to identify new adult facilities in all five boroughs:
    • Locations identified and under construction in Manhattan and Staten Island with completion expected in Spring 2019.
    • Identifying locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
    • Crime Victim Advocates will be available onsite for all survivors.


Changed policy to ensure a comprehensive and uniform approach to all felony sex crimes.

  • As of July 2, 2018, the NYPD has changed its Summary Arrest Enhancement Policy and now enhances all felony sex crimes. This means that SVD will see every felony sex crime case, regardless of whether it was initiated by Patrol.
  • We anticipate there will be an additional 200-250 case enhancements per year and these survivors will now benefit from a more comprehensive investigatory process.

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