NYC announces response plan following spike in homicides

Overall crime is down but murders are up so far this year

Homicides in New York City have "surged by 37% so far in 2019," according to a New York Daily News report indicating that the year-to-date total had risen from 38 to 52.

Authorities said 30 percent of the spike in homicides was gang-related and another 23 percent was related to domestic violence, according to ABC 7 NY.

The city announced a response plan including "precision deployments, stronger gun prosecutions and an expansion of the CeaseFire program, which provides interventions to known gang members," according to PIX 11 News, which also reported plans "to make sure resources are provided to parolees" and for "intensive domestic violence gun investigations."

Police posted a video of Chief Terence Monahan announcing their five-point plan on Twitter:

You can also watch the entire 90-minute press conference online.

"Overall crime for the month of February (was) down 10.8% when compared to February 2018," according to police.

Mayor Bill de Blasio argued that the crime data should be judged over time, according to CBS New York:

“Five straight years of crime going down and two years we’ve had under 300 homicides which hasn’t happened since the 1950s. I’m still confident that the NYPD will keep driving down crime."

This morning, NYPD News posted photos of weapons and ammunition they said was recovered while executing a search warrant: