Mayor Expands Violence Remedy Program to Three Extra Brooklyn Districts
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday March 22, 2021. (Image: Ed Reed / Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the expansion of violence cure programs in several new police stations, including three in Brooklyn.
The “Cure Violence” movement, also known as the “Crisis Management System” or, more broadly, the “Violence Interrupter”, is a collection of community groups that work to prevent violence in neighborhoods.
At a press briefing this morning, de Blasio said he would expand the program to Brooklyn’s 69th Ward in Canarsie, 70th Ward in Flatbush and 71st Ward in Crown Heights. The 49th Ward in the Bronx and 103rd Ward in Queens will also implement the program, bringing the total number of counties with violence healing initiatives to 29.
“All of them will now have this extraordinary initiative to save lives, stop conflict, avoid retaliation and do the basic community-based things that are way beyond our normal notions of public safety,” said de Blasio. “This is the new kind of public safety.”
“Of course we need all parts of the equation and we always need the work of the NYPD,” he added. “But this is the community-based piece that can always be the solution.”
The mayor had previously announced funds to bring the program to the 69th and 71st districts last year.
At today’s event, he also said he would try to double the workforce at Cure Violence by June 1st.
De Blasio was supported in the announcement by East Flatbush Council member Farah Louis, who said the program would help combat a possible spike in gun violence this summer.
“Violent healing providers are a key factor in de-escalating underlying tensions across the city,” said Louis.
“I look forward to the new implementation that will enable us to better address the root causes of gang and gun violence,” she added.
The announcement comes days after de Blasio unveiled a plan to reform the NYPD aimed at ridding the department of bias. The proposals include revising the NYPD patrol leader and requiring the department to post body camera footage within a shorter timeframe.
This plan came about in response to an order from Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on local governments to propose police reforms by April 1. But some interest groups and activists have criticized the mayor’s proposals, saying they don’t go far enough.