The forum was organized by Adams to advance police-community relations to collaborate on shared goals with the NYPD, including improving pedestrian safety and preventing criminal activity.
In the early 1990’s, Adams worked with Bratton in the NYPD Transit Bureau. Later, he served under the commissioner’s first tour of duty at One Police Plaza in the Giuliani administration. Adams said is happy to see Bratton return to the job.
“I think the legacy has not been completely written,” Adams said.
Adams said the recent burst in gun violence has alarmed him, citing specifically the recent incident when an innocent father was shot dead during a shootout on a bus.
Bratton said New York City has come a long way from when he first served as commissioner, there is room for improvement. Like Adams, he is worried about the recent rise in crime in the borough.
“Our commitment is that we are going to police this city in a way to make it safe,” Bratton said. “We’re going to be making efforts everywhere to save lives.”
Bratton said the department will have to accomplish that with fewer resources. Over the last 12 years, the NYPD has lost 6,000 officers, an average of 70-80 people per precinct.
“That’s a lot of cops in one precinct,” he said.