South Bronx residents unhappy with perceived NYPD slowdown

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THE SOUTH BRONX (PIX11) -- It’s a dark, cold, and quiet night in one of the courtyards at the Mott Haven Houses in the South Bronx.

Quiet, because on this Thursday night, the temperature is hovering near the single digits.

Still, resident association president John Johnson says something is missing and he blames the NYPD rank and file’s so called ‘intentional slowdown.'

“The residents are noticing it. What happens is the police will walk along the street, instead of coming into the development,” said Johnson.

Johnson took us deeper into the development -- away from what he describes as “perimeter policing."

It would be unreasonable for us to say there’s definitely a decreased police presence here at the Mott Haven houses, just because we did not see any officers on patrol.

But residents who spend their days and nights here - including Johnson - say the slowdown, at least in this development, is not limited to cops ‘looking the other way’ on petty offenses like littering and parking tickets -- the very basis of the often discussed Broken Windows Policing theory.

So while the NYPD’s rank and file expresses its dissatisfaction with Mayor Bill de Blasio, by orchestrating a slowdown, what’s the impact on New Yorkers’ quality of life?

We asked the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union, about this issue. A spokesperson tells us, they are “unaware of any change in the protocol in that neighborhood.”

And that, as far as they are concerned, “nothing has changed”, and that they are “still on the job."

“So the petty crimes are where the things are starting. It’s gonna escalate to something bigger. So if you don’t take care of that initially, then it’s going to lead to other things. People are gonna feel comfortable breaking the laws, committing crimes. And that’s gonna give them the mental thought to say, you know what? I can do this. I’m gonna be able to get away with it,” said Johnson.