City Launches New Office to Oversee Gun Violence Reduction Strategies

Politics


There’s a new effort to fight shooting deaths and injuries in the five boroughs.

The newly launched Office to Prevent Gun Violence will oversee an expansion of intervention strategies.

The city is investing $22.5 million into its first year, while subsequent years are expected to cost $16 million annually.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants the office to expand on existing initiatives that help keep violence in the city down.

“Now I want us to keep deepening this success,” the mayor said. “I’ve said this recently about some of the larger situations in our country. This is not an end; we are not celebrating a year of success and saying that’s an end. This is a beginning of more success.”

Year-to-date, shootings are down 20 percent compared to last year.