Police commissioner: Slowdown is over - Metro US

Police commissioner: Slowdown is over

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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said arrest numbers are on their way up again after plummeting the last two weeks of December.

Data released Monday showed the number of arrests was down about 37 percent last week over the same period the year before, with 4,690 arrests for all kinds of crime.

Last week, Bratton acknowledged a “slowdown” by police, with arrests falling some 66 percent during the last two weeks of 2014, and a drop of more than 94 percent in summonses written.

Bratton blamed the drop in arrests in part on the “trauma” following the assassination of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20 in Bed-Stuy, and the weeks of demonstrations over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, that brought cops out in force.

“We’ve had a lot of very tired cops who were out night after night on demonstrations, that wears on you,” Bratton said.

Bratton said crime in every borough is “trending down.”

Bratton denied reports in several news outlets that he’d barred cops from taking vacation or sick days until arrests and summonses increased.

While the city remains on high alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris, there are there no credible threats, said Deputy Commissioner of Counterintelligence John Miller.

Bratton said the NYPD will send a delegation to the funerals of the three French cops killed in the Paris attacks.

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