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Bratton: NYPD is committed to reducing gun violence

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The overall crime rate in New York City remains low except in one category: shootings are up 43 percent in May 2014 compared to May 2013. But Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is vowing to turn the spike around.

Bratton pointed to last week's gang bust in Manhattan, one of the biggest in NYPD history. He said targeted enforcement like that has already stopped the spike in shootings in public housing. Critics predict the crime rate will increase since the NYPD has backed off the previous administration's aggressive stop-and-frisk policy. But Bratton insisted the NYPD hasn't ended stop-and-frisk, just re-focused it.

The NYPD has also recently had some of its biggest gun busts, taking large numbers of weapons off the streets. Bratton said a combination of measures will make sure the spike in shootings doesn't become a long term trend. Bratton said 600 officers will graduate from the academy next month. They will be assigned to more experienced officers in the highest crime areas.

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