New York City Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a plan to get illegal guns off the street following several NYPD officer killings.
The initiative includes rolling out undercover police “Neighborhood Safety Teams,” as well as employing technology to identify people carrying guns, the New York Post reports.
Adams also plans to increase funding for the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division, which is responsible for seizing illegal firearms and building cases against traffickers and sellers.
Additionally, Adams will prioritize appointing judges with a “demonstrated commitment to keeping violent criminals who use guns off New York City streets,” according to a blueprint released by City Hall.
So far since Adams took office on January 1, several NYPD officers have lost their lives as a result of illegal guns.
Most recently, a rookie officer was killed and another was in critical condition while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem on Friday. Four NYPD officers were shot in three incidents last week. The officers in the other shootings, which took place in the Bronx and Staten Island, did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
“It is our city against the killers,” Adams said. “This was not just an attack on three brave officers, this was an attack on the city of New York. It is an attack on the children and families of New York. We are not going to win this battle by dividing lives. We must save this city together.”