'We have some work to do': NYPD commissioner on bail reforms, gun violence, vaccines and more

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — These are not easy days for the NYPD.

Over the last few months, New York City has dealt with an influx of shootings, violence and increasing issues at the Rikers Island jail complex that have some calling for it to be emptied.

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While NYPD data shows violent crime is actually trending downwards in the city, there are still questions about the impact that bail reform may be having on the city’s crime rate and the NYPD’s ability to keep dangerous criminals off the street.

In this week’s 880 In Depth Podcast, we spoke with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who will mark two years on the job this coming December, about what it’s been like to lead the department through these trying times.

“There’s two sides of this coin, I think it’s been the most incredibly rewarding experience that I wouldn’t change or trade a thing for a second.
Has it been challenging? That’s the other side of the coin – absolutely,” Shea said. “Not just for me, but many people when you look back on what we’ve gone through over the last two years.”

He spoke to us about a number of issues facing the department these days, including bail reform, gun violence and the possibility of a vaccine mandate.

And he stressed that what he is most worried about is the many voices in New York City calling for the changes they want to see but