The NYPD has nixed two key enforcement units and reassigned their officers to work on gun-violence prevention, The Post has discovered.
Police brass formally pulled the plug on the Traffic Congestion Mitigation unit at 1 a.m. Friday with the switch of the unit’s 114 members, paperwork present.
The unit, which carried out a majority of NYPD’s enforcement on shifting automobiles earlier than its dissolution, was disbanded as a result of it was “redundant,” an NYPD spokesperson stated. Traffic Enforcement Agents who write parking tickets weren’t impacted.
Police brass additionally nixed NYPD’s roughly 85-person homeless-outreach unit after the town council and Mayor Bill de Blasio determined to take the duty away from cops solely.
The roughly 200 cops have been reassigned to precincts to assist curb gun violence amid a spike in shootings, the NYPD rep stated.
The transfer comes amid calls from some transportation advocates to yank traffic enforcement from the NYPD’s portfolio — one thing the Berkeley, California metropolis council voted to do final week.
Mayor de Blasio, nonetheless, has demurred on the suggestion.
“I don’t doubt for a second the dedication of the NYPD and I simply see these items in a different way than a few of the advocates do. Traffic enforcement, I believe, does belong within the NYPD,” Hizzoner stated Thursday.