NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is expected to announce the deployment of 500 officers in New York City on Monday to deal with a spike in crime.
The NYPD is working with the city’s police unions and its police watchdog, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, to deploy more than 500 officers to New York’s streets, the department announced Monday.
The officers will be tasked with keeping the streets safe, protecting pedestrians and other people, and patrolling bike lanes, the NYPD said.
The deployment will focus on bike patrols.
In recent weeks, several groups of cyclists have been attacked and vandalized.
The mayor’s office said Monday that New York will spend about $2 million on an extra patrol car and $4.5 million on additional equipment.
The department will also expand its training of officers in the use of batons, the mayor’s Office of Public Safety said.
The move comes as police across the country have struggled to maintain control of the streets following a rash of fatal shootings and high-profile deaths of black men by police.
New York police have said they’ve found themselves under increasing pressure to respond to high-level violence, and as crime has spiked in some areas of the city.
In New York, the number of reported bike-related attacks has surged in recent weeks.
In March, the New York Police Department reported a total of 23 bike-based assaults, including five homicides, as well as 17 attacks involving cars.
A similar number of assaults were reported in April.
Last month, a man was killed in Manhattan by a man who tried to run him down while he was riding a bike.
A number of bike-protective laws have been enacted in the past few years.
New Yorkers who own a bike and use it on city streets are now required to wear helmets.
Also in May, a judge ruled that the NYPD’s bike enforcement plan violated the state’s Right-to-Know law, which requires public officials to publicly disclose information about how their police work.
The city is also expected to implement a $2 billion bike and pedestrian toll bridge connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan.
O’Neill has said the department is taking a “bold” approach to combating bike violence.
He said the city has seen “a dramatic increase in crime” since the New Year, which has led to “a new level of fear” among residents.
“The vast majority of crimes in New Jersey are committed by individuals who are not the subject of an arrest warrant, and it is not our goal to solve crimes by getting a warrant,” he said in a statement.