New York Metropolis’s prime cop doesn’t consider President Trump’s proposed federal funds cuts will have an effect on the Massive Apple’s struggle on terror.
“It’s not going to occur,” NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill mentioned Tuesday throughout an interview on WPIX 11. “I’ve been all the way down to Washington a number of occasions. I feel the federal authorities understands that New York Metropolis is the primary terror goal and we’d like each greenback we get to verify we preserve folks secure.”
Trump threatened to drag $110 million in federal terror funding from the town when he introduced an inventory of proposed funds cuts final 12 months.
O’Neill and Mayor de Blasio instantly pushed again, claiming the cuts would take away essential funding within the struggle in opposition to terrorism.
Three terror assaults have taken place within the metropolis within the final 16 months — the latest on Dec. 11, when Akayed Ullah, 27, injured himself in a bungled try to set off a pipe bomb in a Midtown practice tunnel, officers mentioned.
O’Neill warned if the funds cuts undergo and New York loses the cash, “that represents 600 cops.”
“If we ever did lose that — and I don’t assume that’s on the desk — it could be actually troublesome for us,” he mentioned. “However once more, we’re the NYPD. We’re a resilient group.”
O’Neill’s feedback got here in a large ranging interview the place he mentioned the town’s 5% drop in crime, constructing neighborhood belief, and the significance of officers sporting physique cameras.
“It’s an goal view of what’s happening and provides folks a possibility to stroll in our footwear,” he mentioned of the cameras, including the division plans to launch footage of a Jan. 29 police-involved Bronx taking pictures within the subsequent few days.
In that case, cops shot and killed a person charging at them with a knife.
“It’s critically vital for folks to see how little time these law enforcement officials must decide,” O’Neill mentioned. “This final one up within the (Bronx), it occurred virtually instantly and within the aftermath you’ll be able to see how upsetting it’s to the law enforcement officials.”
“No cop wakes up within the morning saying they’re going to shoot anyone,” O’Neill mentioned. “That’s the very last thing any cop desires to do.”