City: Shootings, murders continue to fall
The city's mayor and police commissioner proclaimed historically low crime rates in the latest monthly release of police statistics Monday.
Commissioner James O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the numbers at the 43rd Precinct in Soundview, home of the late NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, who was killed in the line of duty last November.
De Blasio, commending the NYPD's efforts, said that January had historic lows in both murders and shootings. Officials also said that gun seizures rose so far in 2017.
"It is now occurring that we will wake up on a Saturday morning, and sometimes there's no shootings in New York City," said Deputy Commissioner Dermot Shea. "That would have never happened 10 years ago."
In the final monthly statistics released last year, police had reported an uptick in both hate speech and graffiti. Those crimes leveled off in the latest report.