Murders, Shootings Drop by Third in NYC Areas in Upped Patrol Zones

Murders and shootings have dropped by about a third in New York City high-crime neighborhoods under a police patrol program aimed at preventing a seasonal spike in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. The "Summer All Out program," launched on June 8, comes after a citywide rise in homicides and shootings during the first half of 2015 after years of plummeting violent crime rates in the country's most populous city. The program involves sending 330 extra patrol officers to patrol 10 precincts and four public housing complexes in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island for the three summer months.