Public Safety

Supporters of the state’s Extreme Risk Protective Order say it might have put the Buffalo shooter on notice. But court data show that its use is erratic and uneven.
The deaths of two French artists last month highlight a recent spike in the number of subway graffiti reports as well as the enduring allure of tagging New York trains.
The areas around the West 4th Street, Times Square-42nd Street and 125th Street stations on the Lexington Avenue line had the highest number of “track intrusions,” which are up 20% since before the pandemic.
As pets are still being jolted, city oversight of Con Edison equipment and inspects called into question. The DOT says there’s no problem, but data says otherwise.
Frank R. James was caught after a tipster said he was at a Manhattan McDonald’s, officials said. He is being hit with federal terrorism on mass transit charges.
Ten people were directly shot and 19 more were injured in the commotion. Investigators are looking for a Pennsylvania man who they say rented a U-Haul van connected to a key found at the scene.
The City Council has still not introduced any measure to end solitary confinement in city jails despite a majority of members publicly opposing the practice. The public advocate’s office meanwhile has taken up the mantle and says a bill will be introduced in weeks.
City Hall hired consulting giant KPMG in 2018 to help manage the transfer of teens from adult jails to juvenile detention. How’s that going?
A longtime shelter resident, an advocate for homeless people, an academic expert, and the union president representing shelter security officers on what can be done.
Tiffany Cabán and Mercedes Narcisse plunge NYC’s legislature into a fierce debate dividing domestic violence advocates about the role of law enforcement in getting help for survivors.
Last month, when THE CITY reported on the use of life-saving platform barriers in other transit systems, MTA head Janno Lieber said “special complexities in New York” forestalled their implementation here. Now, he’s on board.
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Critics like Mayor Eric Adams say bail reform should be rolled back. Are they right?
For all his attention to crime and punishment, the new mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice is in limbo.
Smoke and gases from smoldering wires can send manhole covers flying — and the results can be disastrous.
Internal jails numbers obtained by THE CITY suggest that when only corrections officers, staff, certain contractors and lawyers were allowed in, detainees may have had even greater access to drugs.
While union leaders call for “safety over service,” homeless riders and advocates say the Sept. 2020 ban doesn’t address why people are bringing their belongings into the subway system in the first place.
As a new monitor steps in, the judge who issued the landmark 2013 ruling says she’s surprised the saga is still dragging on, with some reforms still unrealized.
George Zapantis died after responding officers deployed Tasers seven times, with coroner calling homicide the cause. But official review of the unarmed civilian fatality found police had reason to subdue him.
Complaints abound at Stratford Tower, where residents worry about the risk of running too many space heaters following the deadly fire last month just two miles away.
MTA lines saw 1,006 fires on tracks, in stations and on trains in 2021 — a 40% increase from 2019, even as daily ridership remains a fraction of what it was pre-COVID.
With a focus on youth employment, foster care and homelessness, Adams’ broad plan has features that excite juvenile justice champions, but his approach to policing and prosecution has some worried about potential abuses.