Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to announce Tuesday that the NYPD is doubling the size of its Gang Division to stop the violent teen crews that are responsible for about 30 percent of all city shootings, says the New York Daily News.
“Operation Crew Cut” will soon comprise of 300 detectives, as well as the assignment of up to a dozen cops in certain precincts who will deal solely with gangs.
“We'll focus those resources not on large, established gangs such as the Bloods and Crips, but on the looser associations of younger men who identify themselves by the block they live on, or on which side of a housing development they reside,” Kelly plans to announce at a speech held Tuesday in San Diego.
“Their loyalty is to their friends ... and their rivalries are based not on narcotics trafficking or some other entrepreneurial interest, but simply on local turf.
Kelly’s speech also says that social media often fuels rivalries, like if a gang member posts a photo of himself on Facebook in front of a rival’s building.
As of July, the following gangs, or “crews,” have been identified in the 79th and 81st precincts of Bedford-Stuyvesant:
BN-Brisp Nation, Clifton Place, Lexington Ave, Gates Avenue, Marcy Avenue to Nostrand Avenue (Armstrong Houses)
GAM-Gates Avenue Mafia, Gates Avenue
HB-Halsey Blocc, Halsey Street
SMG-Stack Money Goons, Tompkins Avenue, Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue (Tompkins Houses)
TGM- Tompkins Get Money, Tompkins Avenue, Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue (Tompkins Houses)
MGZ-Marcy Gangstas, Marcy Avenue, Flushing Avenue to Myrtle Avenue (Marcy Houses
RF-Rich Family (Location to be determined)
WEU-Wrap Em Up, Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Myrtle Avenue to Park Avenue (Sumner Houses)
BSB-Brooklyn Street Bangas, Fulton Street
Chan City Mafia, 110/120 Chauncy Street
CNN-Crusty Nigga Nation, Pulaski Street, Lewis Avenue to Stuyvesant Avenue (Roosevelt Houses)
Grimmy Gunners, Pulaski Street, Lewis Avenue to Stuyvesant Avenue (Roosevelt Houses)
TSP-Team Stack Paper, Ralph Avenue, Fulton Street to Bainbridge Street, (Brevoort Houses)
2 Stacks, Ralph Avenue, Fulton Street to Bainbridge Street (Brevoort Houses)
Though the NYPD recently busted 49 members of two gangs known as "Very Crispy Gangsters" and the "Rockstarz," Kelly admitted that “the department did not have any coordinated, consistent approach to street crews.”