A Unified Command model shifts the policing from a numbers- or activity-driven model of crime reduction to an outcomes-driven model for each of the eight patrol boroughs.
- Gives Borough Commanders ultimate geographic responsibility for policing their boroughs and the resources required to accomplish the Department’s mission
- Allows borough conditions, rather than the structure of the department, to drive the deployment of personnel and the allocation of resources
- Realigns the chain of command, placing Precinct Detective Squads, Homicide, Night Watch, Narcotics, Vice, Gang, and Housing personnel under the Borough Commander
Citywide units of the Detective Bureau and Organized Crime Control Bureau (OCCB) will report to the chiefs of Detectives and OCCB, respectively.
The Transit, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism Bureaus will not be realigned.
A pilot program is currently under way, testing the neighborhood-policing model in precincts in Manhattan North and Queens South. A pilot program to test the Unified Command model will be mounted in June in Patrol Borough Queens South.
Together, the implementation of these approaches will ensure that every neighborhood in each borough has been given the resources—officers, training, expertise, and time—to address the local conditions.