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August 2, 2021
New York City has taken the unprecedented step of partnering city police with the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to combat rising violent crime.
In a first-of-its-kind move, the ATF will be embedded within the NYPD, sharing the common goal of reducing firearm crimes. The announcement comes as gun violence and homicide rates soar across the United States. Cities across the country have seen dramatic increases in violent crime over the past year. According to The National Fraternal Order of Police, Portland, Oregon, a city not previously known for gun violence and murders, jumped a staggering 800% in homicides.
In contrast to the current trend, New York City famously saw a dramatic decrease in violent crimes during the 90’s with a decline of more than 56%, outpacing the national decline of 28%. Cut to 2021, where shootings in New York have increased 77.4% according to the NYPD’s crime statistics portal. “This is crucial, everyone agrees” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, adding “ATF finds the guns, gets them out of the hands of the bad guys and keeps communities safe.”
ARTICLE: COREY GIBSON
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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