The new mayor, flanked by his newly appointed NYPD commissioner, Keechant Sewell, said the afternoon trip to the 103rd Precinct was a “significant visit upon this historical journey.”
Standing outside the same precinct where he was beaten as a child, Adams vowed that his time as mayor would be spent seeking public safety and justice for New Yorkers.
“Today is an important moment for me, as I finally leave the demon right here on these streets, no longer living the trauma I experienced in this precinct,” said Adams. “I’m back as the mayor, in charge of the entire Police Department.”
Adams sent a clear message to members of the force.
“We have their backs to do their jobs,” said Adams at the New Year’s Day press conference. “But there is a covenant that we’re establishing. We’re establishing this covenant where we will give them the tools and support they need, but we are also going to hold them to a high standard.
“We are not allowing abusive officers to remain among our ranks,” he added.
A member of the NYPD for 22 years, Adams said he knows the challenges that come with the job of being a city cop, and wants to empower local elected officials to maintain dialogue with city agencies.
Adams was joined by new councilwoman Nantasha Williams, who represents parts of Southeast Queens.
“My local elected officials will have their calls answered by city agencies,” vowed Adams. “I’m going to empower our local electeds because they are closest to the problem.”
Earlier in his first day as mayor, Adams and Sewell visited an officer who suffered a fractured skull from a stray bullet that struck his head while he rested in his car between shifts.
Adams also made a 911 call while waiting for the subway earlier that morning after witnessing a fight from the J train subway platform in Brooklyn.
“We know how difficult the job is,” said Adams. “We know there is noise out there that you can’t have public safety and justice, they are wrong. We are going to prove to them that they are wrong. An overwhelming number of New Yorkers want their police to be part of their communities.”
Before speaking with the press outside the 103rd Precinct, Adams spoke with local business leaders.
“The first few words out of his mouth after addressing the men and women of the NYPD was about making sure businesses had it safe and could do well on Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard,” said Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s what we’ve been begging for,” Grech continued. “We’ve been begging for a police presence, as have the folks that live and work here.”