Jamaica has seen a drastic decrease in shootings this year. Gun violence went down by more than half compared to last year’s crime statistics, according to the NYPD.
Councilmember Leroy Comrie attributed the trend to increased awareness about gun violence and active police work.
“Everybody is trying to keep the level of awareness constant,” he said. “There are folks that are just going to keep a focus on making sure there is attention to reducing gun violence.”
According to the NYPD’s most recent crime statistics, the 113th Precinct has seen nine shooting victims and eight shooting incidents this year, compared to 20 victims and 18 incidents last year.
Similarly, the 103rd Precinct has seen six shooting victims and five shooting incidents, compared to 15 victims and 12 incidents in 2012.
Comrie said the City Council has been working closely with the police department and local groups to implement “Intervention 101” in the streets.
“Both precincts have worked to reduce the level of shootings in the area,” he said. “Both precincts have had youth town halls. There has been an increase in foot patrol. Community groups have had meetings to talk about gun violence. There has been a lot more outreach to the community.”