NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned Tuesday that the division has employed nurses for the primary time to help cops in coping with the town’s street-homeless crisis.
“We have employed nurses within the NYPD. Nurses are going out with cops,” Shea mentioned throughout a Citizens Crime Commission breakfast in Hudson Yards.
The prime cop mentioned the nurses shall be alongside cops “not from a legislation enforcement perspective, however from a medical perspective, too, interacting with these [homeless] people.”
“What we’re doing right here, and I feel it’s a fantastic story, goes out to a few of these places with medical professionals — nurses — and making a dedication: Is this individual in want of medical providers?” mentioned Shea. “Are they a hazard to themselves or others? Do they need assistance?”
Shea famous that the division has “introduced over 100 folks with that very slim situation — as well as to all of the work being performed by the Department of Health and others — and referred them for medical therapy.”
“This is a brand new age,” the police commissioner mentioned, including that “based mostly on knowledge and based mostly on complaints” the division is aware of the place “most of the homeless congregate.”
He famous that “being homeless by itself just isn’t against the law and what we’re operating into many occasions is psychological sickness.”
“We’re operating into people who possibly for a wide range of causes don’t need to go to a shelter,” Shea mentioned. “Sitting on a sidewalk just isn’t against the law. It’s not a summons-able offense. They have to be actually blocking the complete sidewalk.”
Shea went on to say that “there’s numerous nuances there with the legislation backed up constitutionally the place we’ve to abide by it.”
It was not instantly clear when the NYPD employed the nurses or what number of.