Bloomberg’s budget, Bloomberg’s police force

Briefing: Kelly and Bloomberg. (Mark Lennihan/AP via WBUR.org)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last budget does not raise taxes or include increases in fines or fees, he said. At a press conference announcing the deal with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and some Council members, the mayor also said it does not include more money to increase the size of the New York Police Department.

Later this morning, Bloomberg and the police commissioner Ray Kelly are going to appear at 1 Police Plaza warning about City Council bills that would curb stop-and-frisk and other proactive police tactics which critics say unfairly target minorities.

One reason the police stepped up their proactive tactics, according to one of Kelly's predecessors, Bill Bratton, is the reduction in the size of the police department. With fewer officers and more responsibilities to fight street crime and terrorism, police can no longer spend as much time learning about the neighborhoods they're patrolling, developing a rapport with residents and acquiring information. According to Bratton, the "political decision" not to increase the size of the police force has led to the stop-and-frisk problem Bloomberg is now dealing with.

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