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NYC gun violence, cops' sagging morale, frayed community relations - NYPD's next commissioner will have her hands full

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses challenges the new police commissioner will face.
September 19, 2021
» read the NY Daily News article



NYPD crime strategist 'cautiously optimistic' over fewer shootings

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses what the drop in shootings really means for the city.
August 19, 2021
» read the Newsday article



The Next Mayor's Challenge Checklist

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses how a new Mayor will approach crime.
August 9, 2021
» read the Crain's article



He Paid His Subway Fare. Then He Was Tasered by the Police.

Crime Commission President Richard Abron discusses the crack down on crime in the city.
July 15, 2021
» read the NY Times article



Rising Crime Overtakes Police Reform as Election Issue in New York, Elsewhere

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses national surge in violence impacting debate on reform.
June 22, 2021
» read the U.S. News & World Report article



'He knows policing in and out': the law-and-order candidate for New York mayor

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses how crime is shaping mayoral campaign.
June 19, 2021
» read the Financial Times article



NYPD: Cops teaming with ATF to stem city gun violence

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discuses need for federal / city effort to reduce gun crimes.
June 8, 2021
» read the Newsday article



How to attack gun violence now

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn issues 100 day emergency plan to reduce gun violence.
June 06, 2021
» read the NY Daily News article



Shea: Bail reforms have NYPD 'chasing our tail'

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses impact of bail reform.
June 1, 2021
» read the Newsday article



Could crime tip the scales of the mayoral race?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses impact of Times Square shooting.
May 19, 2021
» read the City & State NY article



NYC Mayor's Race Focus on Crime Puts Policing in the Spotlight

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses crime and campaigns.
May 17, 2021
» read the BNN Bloomberg article



Can U.S. Policing Be Saved?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses police oversight and discipline.
May 17, 2021
» read the Crime Report article



Mayoral Democrats Take Harder Stance On Crime After Shootings

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses how rise in shootings and murder are shaping NYC mayoral race.
May 13, 2021
» read the Crain's article



Coping With the 'Crisis of Violence'

In depth interview with Crime Commission President Richard Aborn on crime, criminal justice reform, and crime reduction. Getting the balance right.
May 13, 2021
» read the Crime Report article



Exclusive: Mom of toddler struck by suitcase now in fear of growing violence in NYC

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses alarming rise in random attacks.
May 11, 2021
» read the ABC7 article



Revisit McCain Institute's 2021 Sedona Forum to discuss 'Defending Democracy'

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing extremism and the threat to democracy.
June 22, 2021
» read the Sedona Red Rock News article



Fixing policing is a long, hard slog

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the need for a completely redone police model.
April 22, 2021
» read the NY Daily News article



Shea: NYPD needs 'tools in the toolbox' to fight crime in post-pandemic NYC

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing Police Commissioner's response to rise in crime.
April 20, 2021
» read the Newsday article



Times Square businesses fear return to the bad old days as quality of life slips

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the continual surge of homicides.
April 19, 2021
» read the Crain's article



New report calls for transformation of police forces into police services

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the change from Police Force to Police Service.
April 17, 2021
» read the NY1 article



How social media slights, beefs fuel gang related violence on staten island

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing threat of rising violence to the city.
April 13, 2021
» read the silive article



NYC Mayor de Blasio's office says he is having 'too much fun,' amid crime, homelessness and business closures

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing Mayor's response during crime surge.
April 9, 2021
» read the Fox News article



Shootings up 77 percent and a third of small businesses closed in NYC - but who cares?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the 77% rise in crime in the city.
April 9, 2021
» read the Daily Mail article



Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts To Counter Extremism In The United States

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing Anti-extremism program.
April 7, 2021
» read the KSU Sentinal article



New York City shootings, homicides continue to surge, NYPD stats say

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the continual surge of homicides.
March 29, 2021
» read the Newsday article



'We have to break the cycle': Violence across city, sparked by gang retribution, continues to rise

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing 'Breaking the Cycle of Violence' in NYC.
March 27, 2021
» read the NY Daily News article



How laws allow the world's largest police departments to use lethal force

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the need for action against use of force officers.
March 11, 2021
» read the Guardian article



It's too late to merely reform the NYPD - it's time for significant changes

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the need for Police Reform.
February 26, 2021
» read the Crain's article



How Are Activists Managing Dissension Within the 'Defund the Police' Movement?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the 'Defund the Police' movement.
February 23, 2021
» read the Time Magazine article



New York City Sustained Its Bloodiest Year In Nearly A Decade. What Happened?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the rise in crime trends starting in 2019.
February 5, 2021
» read the Daily Caller article



Cops and Crime in the 2021 Campaign

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses Candidates running for office in NYC need to call for reform.
February 4, 2021
» read the City Limits article



Max & Murphy Podcast: Balancing Police Reform and Fighting Crime

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn Interview with the Max & Murphy Radio show.
February 3, 2021
» listen to the Gotham Gazette podcast



Increasing shooting violence correlates to quality-of-life calls, NYPD data shows

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discussing the increase of shooting violence in NYC.
January 29, 2021
» read the Newsday article



NYPD's head count lowest in 10 years, officials say

Citizens Crime Commission President Richard Abron discusses the state of NYPD recruitment and retirement.
October 8, 2020
» read the Newsday article



Black New Yorkers Are Twice as Likely to Be Stopped by the Police, Data Shows

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses policing in Black neighborhoods.
September 23, 2020
» read the New York Times article



President of Citizens Crime Commission of NYC talks gun violence, NYPD reform

Richard Aborn President of Citizens Crime Commission talks gun violence & NYPD reform.
August 31, 2020
» watch the PIX11 video



Shea: More NYPD cops to work weekends amid ongoing surge of shootings

Richard Aborn President of Citizens Crime Commission discusses NYPDs need for more resources.
August 24, 2020
» read the Newsday article



Grand juries resume hearing NYC cases after pandemic

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn talks about the lack of gun violence convictions amid rise in shootings.
August 12, 2020
» read the Newsday article



NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says police make progress stemming shooting violence

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses the NYPD's response to the growth of violent crime.
August 10, 2020
» read the Newsday article



Children are paying the price as gun violence surges nationwide

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn talks about the importance of swiftly getting illegal guns off the streets.
August 7, 2020
» read the Fox News article



New York AG files suit to dissolve NRA

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses the New York Attorney General's suit filed to dissolve NRA.
August 6, 2020
» read the Telegraph article



Data doesn't support De Blasio, NYPD claim that shooting surge is due to court shutdown

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn calls for an end to "the blame game".
July 30, 2020
» read the NY Post article



African American mayors lay out plan for police reform without 'defunding'

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses significant changes that should be made for police oversight.
July 27, 2020
» read the Washington Post article



Richard Aborn Discusses Citizens Crime Commission Of NYC, Reforming Police Training + More

Crime Commisssion President Richard Aborn joins the Breakfast Club to discuss reforming the police.
July 24, 2020
» watch the video



De Blasio's 'Stalled' Pet NYPD Neighborhood Policing Plan Draws Outside Look

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses Mayor De Blasio getting outside consultant to look at policies.
July 23, 2020
» read The City article



Leadership, not finger-pointing, needed to stem rise in violent crime

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses the need for leadership and not finger pointing during the current rise in crime.
July 22, 2020
» read the Crain's op-ed



Crime is surging in US cities. Some say defunding the police will actually make it fall.

New York Successfully Preventing Gun Violence By Working With Youth, Their Community
July 14, 2020
» read the CNN article



Report from State AG Letitia James recommends more public oversight of NYPD

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn comments on the need for better oversight in NYPD.
July 8, 2020
» read the Newsday article



Crime Commission President Richard Aborn comments on claims bail reform will cause spike in gun violence.

NYPD's own stats debunk claims of bail reform leading to spike in gun violence
July 8, 2020
» read the NY Post article



Reinvent policing without harming cops' ability to fight crime: That's the delicate challenge before us in NYC.

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn pens an op-ed about the state of New York City Policing.
June 25, 2019
» read the NY Daily News op-ed



Disbanding NYPD Plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit Gets Mixed Reaction

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses the disbanding of NYPD's Anti-Crime Unit.
June 17, 2020
» read the NY1 article



NYC to release police disciplinary information, Mayor Bill de Blasio says

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn makes a statement about the need to move police discipline swiftly but to also protect due process rights of police officers.
June 17, 2020
» read the Newsday article



Core Truths

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn issues a statement "Core Truths" regarding George Floyd death and ensuing protests.
June 1, 2020
» read the statement



The Crime Commission's Director of Violence Prevention, Stephanie Ueberall, issues an op-ed on the real experiences of youth and how we can do better by them.

New York Successfully Preventing Gun Violence By Working With Youth, Their Community
May 16, 2019
» read the JJIE op-ed



Stephanie Ueberall featured in the Crime Report

Background Checks Alone Won't Stop Gun Violence: Experts
February 27, 2019
» read the Crime Report article



Wendy Prudencio discusses job readiness program in the New York Times Learning Section

A Reality Check Before Joining the Work Force
February 23, 2019
» read The New York Times article



Stephanie Ueberall discusses what works to stop youth gun violence at John Jay's 14th Annual H.F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America

Violence in America: Myth & Reality
February 21, 2019
» watch the video



Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses New York's leadership to reduce gun violence

What's Next For Gun Safety in New York?
January 31, 2019
» watch the Spectrum News video



Crime Commission's Stephanie Ueberall and Katelyn Greco publish an article in Orangeugoing.com

Responding to the Complexities of Trauma
November 9, 2018
» read the orangeugoing.com article



Crime Commission President Richard Aborn issues Op-Ed in Crain's New York Business

Closing Rikers will make the city safer.
Unnecessary incarcerations do more harm than good.
September 26, 2018
» read the Crain's article



Wendy Prudencio discusses gang violence prevention on NY1 Noticias panel

Las pandillas en NY, ¿por qué los jóvenes se integran a ellas?
(Gangs in NY, why do young people join them?)
July 2, 2018
» watch NY1 Noticias video (in Spanish)



Richard Aborn discusses New York City's gun violence intervention strategies at New Yorkers Under the Gun panel

NYC Will 'Pay the Price' of National Concealed Carry Law, Warns Vance
June 8, 2018
» read The Crime Report article

New York's Drop in Gun Violence a 'Miracle,' But Threats Persist, Experts Say
June 8, 2018
» read the City Limits article

Highlights from 'New Yorkers Under the Gun'
June 8, 2018
» watch video from the event



Richard Aborn and Stephanie Ueberall give a presentation to the government in Ceará, Brazil

Working in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank, Richard Aborn and Stephanie Ueberall were invited to present violence prevention strategies to the government in Ceará, Brazil.
May 21, 2018
» read more



Richard Aborn discusses the importance of gun control in the midterm elections

Today's gun debate has echoes of the LIRR shootings era
May 19, 2018
» read the Newsday article



Crime Commission's phishing report cited in TechRepublic

How fact-checking could thwart phishing attacks
April 18, 2018
» read the TechRepublic article
» read the phishing report



Stephanie Ueberall and Katelyn Greco present SNUG data analysis in Albany

On behalf of the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, Stephanie Ueberall and Katelyn Greco share SNUG data analysis at the Biannual Conference in Albany.
April 6, 2018
» learn more about our work



Richard Aborn shares lessons from the 1990s gun control movement

After chanting 'vote them out,' will the students vote?
April 1, 2018
» read the Dayton Daily News article

Thousands of students staged a walkout and marched across the U.S. What's next?
March 24, 2018
» read the USA Today article



Extreme Risk Protection Order Coalition calls on NY Legislature to include ERPO law in State Budget

Mental Health and Healthcare Organizations Call for Inclusion of Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill in the State Budget
March 28, 2018
» read the press release

Long Island District Attorneys, Nassau Police Commissioner Join Call for "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" to be Included in State Budget
March 28, 2018
» read the press release

Westchester County District Attorney Calls on Governor to Enact New Gun Legislation in this Budget
March 26, 2018
» read the press release

New York City District Attorneys Call for Inclusion of "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" Legislation in the State Budget
March 25, 2018
» read the press release

Statement of the New York ERPO Coalition on Proposals to Include Gun Violence Prevention Measures in the State Budget
March 21, 2018
» read the press release



Ashley Cannon discusses the epidemic of shootings at U.S. colleges

Les écoles américaines, théâtre très fréquenté de la violence par armes à feu (American schools, very frequent venue of gun violence)
March 23, 2018
» read the Radio-Canada article (in French)



E-Responder's Youth Leadership Program presented at NYU's second annual
Urban Research Day


Intervening for Critical Consciousness: Examining the Potential of Promoting Self-Efficacy in Urban Youth through a Youth Leadership Program Pilot.
March 20, 2018
» read the poster



Richard Aborn discusses New York's successful gun control laws

Guns, Controlled
March 7, 2018
» listen to Slate's The Gist podcast



Richard Aborn discusses how expanding the DNA Databank can benefit crime victims and defendants

Virginia student's murder sparks bid to expand DNA databank
March 3, 2018
» read the Associated Press article



E-Responder cited as an "innovative youth gun violence prevention strategy" in an academic peer-reviewed journal article

Youth Gun Violence in a Digital Age
March 1, 2018
» read the American Academy of Pediatrics article



In wake of the Parkland, FL mass shooting, coalition pushes NY Legislature to pass Extreme Risk Protection Order bill

Coalition pushes NY Legislature to pass Extreme Risk Protection Order bill
February 26, 2018
» read the press release

Anti-Gun Coalition pushes Legislature to Disarm Dangerous People
February 26, 2018
» read the NY Daily News article



Crime Commission's Aiming at Students report cited as evidence of a growing problem and to urge campus safety reforms

Concerns about local gun shop near campus
March 3, 2018
» read Franklin & Marshall College's The College Reporter article

Guns Don't Belong in Classrooms
March 1, 2018
» read the University of Chicago's The Chicago Maroon article

Safety First, Never Second
February 21, 2018
» read the Los Angeles Pierce College Roundup article

A Decade Later, NIU Shooting Survivors Try To Reclaim Normalcy
February 13, 2018
» read the Chicago Tribune article
» read the Aiming at Students report



Crime Commission's Social Media Preceding Real-World Violence database cited as evidence of a growing problem in wake of Parkland, FL shooting

Social Media's Role in Florida Mass Shooting
February 21, 2018
» read The University of New Orleans Driftwood article
» read the Social Media Preceding Real-World Violence database



Richard Aborn discusses the use of precision policing in NYC

At Crossroads of Policing and Murder, A Long Push for Accountability
February 15, 2018
» read the Christian Science Monitor article



Stephanie Ueberall discusses how an ancient play about an act of unspeakable violence, Euripides Madness of Hercules, is relevant to today's issue of gun violence.

Theater of War Productions: Hercules in Manhattan
February 15, 2018
» watch the performance and community discussion
» view the event poster



Stephanie Ueberall and our E-Responder partners discuss our innovative approach to stopping gun violence on social media

'Interrupters' Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence
January 21, 2018
» read The New York Times article



Crime Commission joins coalition in support of Extreme Risk Protection Order law

Kavanagh, Hoylman, Simon, and Advocates Announce New Coalition Supporting Extreme Risk Protection Order Law to Prevent Gun Violence
January 17, 2018
» read the press release

Brooklyn officials back bill removing guns from people likely to hurt self or others
January 18, 2018
» read the Brooklyn Daily Eagle article

Lawmakers, gun safety advocates push for protective legislation
January 17, 2018
» read the CBS6 article and watch video

NY senators push for new gun law
January 17, 2018
» read the ABC 10 article and watch video

Gun control advocates push for law to prevent dangerous people from bearing, buying arms
January 17, 2018
» read the NY Daily News article

Lawmakers push for court-ordered gun restrictions in some cases
January 17, 2018
» read the Times Union article

Gun control advocates see opportunities in states
January 17, 2018
» read The Hill article



Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark discusses how prosecutors can make Rikers Island safer at Crime Commission Breakfast Forum

New York City to end cash bail for non-felony cases in win for reform advocates
January 10, 2018
» read The Guardian article

Some Prosecutors Stop Asking for Bail in Minor Cases
January 9, 2018
» read The New York Times article



Richard Aborn comments on the PBA lawsuit to stop the public release of police body camera footage

New York Police Union Sues to Stop Release of Body Camera Videos
January 9, 2018
» read The New York Times article



Richard Aborn praises NYPD on record breaking crime declines

Serious crime in NYC dropped by 5.4 percent in 2017, NYPD says
January 3, 2018
» read the amNY article

New York Streets safest for 70 years as murders plunge
December 29, 2017
» read The Times London article

Murder rate in NYC drops to lowest level in decades
December 29, 2017
» read the CBS News article and watch video




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