New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Announces 24/7 Peace Officers At Mental Health Shelters; NYPD Conducting Security Review Of 27 Shelters

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WUNF) — Today in a press release, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that DHS will deploy more peace officers to provide 24/7 coverage at all mental health shelters.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will be conducting a security review of 27 mental health shelters. The NYPD will also be enhancing security at Boulevard Homeless Shelter in East Harlem, where the murder of a resident there occurred.

In the release from the New York City Mayor’s Office another step which was outlined was that DHS will provide additional funding to bolster mental health services at all contracted and DHS mental health shelters.

A new 24/7 protocol between HHC and DHS will be implemented for discharges of clients from HHC facilities to DHS shelters to communicate treatment needs and status.

UNF News Reporter Kyle Mazza said that Mayor De Blasio released a statement and said “The murder of one of our shelter residents is shocking and disturbing, and we must address shelter security with urgency.”

Stay tuned for more updates and information on this developing story.

PUBLISHED | 01/30/16 | 10:27 AM ET
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By Kyle Mazza

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I have photographed and reported on several concerts, galas, press conferences and special events since I was 8-years-old. I am the holder of a New York City Press Credential, Maryland State Press Credential and White House Press Credentials.

I am an embed covering President Donald J. Trump and at other times candidates for President including Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others. I also take part in overseas trips with President Trump as part of the White House Traveling Press. I am a regular member of the White House Correspondents' Association.

I have covered events in Canada including events with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau such as the Visit of Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau in Ottawa and other high-profile events such as the Open Government Partnership.

I have covered several entertainment and red carpet events including the 2016 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC and the Z100 JingleBall Announcement Event with Daya and Charlie Puth in New York, NY in 2016. I have also covered the Miss America Pageant and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 in New York, NY. Other notable events that I have covered include the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and the Visit of Pope Francis to New York, NY in 2015.

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