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Communities United for Police Reform Responds to Mayor’s Restoration of NYPD Funds

In light of Mayor Adams’ announcement that funding will be restored to the NYPD to add another police academy class of 600 new recruits, despite budget cuts impacting nearly every other city agency, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) issued the following statement from CPR spokesperson Divad Durant, of the Justice Committee.

“In the midst of dangerous budget cuts to housing, education, and mental health care, this restoration is just the most recent and egregious example of NYPD budget exceptionalism - and it's also an example of Mayor Adams' bad management. Instead of housing New Yorkers, ensuring the well-being of our youth and meeting the needs of those experiencing mental health crises, the mayor is increasing money for the policing of our communities. Every dollar that goes to the NYPD strips care and services from New York’s most vulnerable, and dangerously criminalizes New Yorkers. The NYPD's outrageous budget shouldn't be shielded - the academy class should be cut as proposed so that the city can pay for non-police services and programs that create real safety for New Yorkers.”  

About Communities United for Police Reform

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and reduces reliance on policing. CPR runs coalitions of over 200 local, statewide and national organizations, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those most unfairly targeted by the NYPD.

Topics: NYC Budget Justice