NYPD to replace disbanded anti-crime unit with 'Neighborhood Safety Teams': report

The plainclothes anti-crime unit, which sought to prevent gun violence in the city, was disbanded in June 2020 after several high-profile police encounters — including the May 2020 death of George Floyd and the 2014 death of Eric Garner at the hands of an officer assigned to the NYPD task force.

“Neighborhood Safety Teams will be responsible for addressing violent street crimes, specifically targeting perpetrators who carry and use illegal firearms,” a memo from NYPD Chief Ken Corey obtained by The New York Post states.

Guns confiscated from gang members on display during Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez press conference in District Attorney office. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Guns confiscated from gang members on display during Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez press conference in District Attorney office. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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