Community leaders demand action as violent crime surges in NYC

The NYPD now says crime is on the rise in NYC by 22% since May of 2020 and they report shootings are up 73% in the last 12 months.

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- The surge in crime in New York City and a demand for action. The NYPD reports that violent crime is up 22%, and shootings are up 73% from last year. Now local leaders are looking to fund programs and services to help reduce crime, but will it be enough to curb the trend? "Eyewitness News" reporter Naveen Dhaliwal live in the High Bridge section of the Bronx with more. Naveen.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, David. That is the big question. 22%, that is a big jump in violent crime since May of 2020 and May of 2021. Now just this past Memorial Day, several shootings. One of them left a 15-year-old dead in East Harlem. So now the question is, how do we stop this? Well one local program may have the answer.

KHAYAN REED: Our kids are dying at a rapid rate.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Khayan Reed has lived on the tough streets of New York City, and he's a success story. Now he's an outreach worker with Jacobi Medical Center's Stand Up To Violence program.

KHAYAN REED: We no longer are tearing down our communities, but we're building up our communities.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: SUV provides support to those involved in gun and violent crimes and helps them get on the right path.

CHARLES SCHUMER: They mentor at-risk youth on educational and job opportunities, and they deploy outreach workers to go to emergencies and work to prevent retaliation.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: NYPD now says crime is on the rise in New York City by 22% since May of 2020, and last month the reporting shootings are up by 73% in the last 12 months. Just this week, a violent Monday leaving a 15-year-old shot dead in Harlem. Police say he was innocent, a scenario seen too many times.

KHAYAN REED: We're in the streets every day. We hear those cries from those mothers.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: And a harder push to stop that heartbreak and bring intervention. Today, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backing $400,000 in federal funds to add mental health services to SUV.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Let's figure out what led to the precipitation of that event. Does that person have housing? Are they adequately employed? Are things OK at home?

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: In its seven years, it's been a success.

NOE ROMO: This year, our SUV team has successfully decreased community shootings by 45% in our SUV target areas.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Progress made, but so much more to be done to make others strong enough to get on the right path.

KHAYAN REED: If we come together as a community, I can assure you this can end.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Now, as the summer months approach, NYPD says their big focus is to reduce that violent crime on the streets. They're going to be reaching out to community programs, and they're also willing to listen to any input in hopes of making our streets a lot more safe.