It was business as usual last Wednesday as Crime Prevention Officer Reina Marrero walked past the 40th Precinct’s holding cells. One was occupied. But on Halloween, these cells will be filled with a crop of unearthly inmates.
While Mayor de Blasio proudly touts record-low violent crime statistics across the city, many Mott Haven residents say they’re seeing a darker picture.
A new NYPD program that kicked off in mid-January is taking aim both at rising crime rates and at strained relations between the 40th Precinct and Mott Haven residents.