Message from Commissioner Muldrow

A Statement for My Community:
"About the recent Spike of Violence"...

First, our thoughts and prayers go out to each one of these victims and the families they leave behind, because (regardless of the decisions people make) No One should ever die at a young age.

While we can explore and debate the underlying causes, the fact remains: 

We have to address the SYMPTOMS (the Gun Violence, Gang Beefs and Crime)...

Before we can deal with the [deeper] PROBLEMS (Self-Destructiveness, Trauma, Poverty, and Generational Curses).

•With individuals more willing to take one anothers lives...

•These groups clashing at a higher frequency, the beefs and motivations intensifying, and the actors all resorting to gun violence as their means to resolve everything...

•The age of the actors getting younger and younger, and (with it) a system (one that's been trying to move from the punitive to the redemptive) struggling to find ways to balance human rights vs public safety...

•Combined with the ease of access to the high capacity, high volume automatic firearms (every community is seeing)...

•and the limited number of officers, detectives and resources we have to defend the streets and work these cases...

We're out-manned & out-gunned!

But even with all that said;
We're still fighting,
We're still thankful and committed to the strategies and the good work being done by our officers and community partners (to help hold the line through this difficult time)...

And we're going to keep doing what we need to do to try to hold that line (and protect this community) until we get the resources we need to truly contend with those Symptoms and the "street level" challenges of this current climate (resources such as: 1. Community Surveillance Cameras, 2. Additional Officers, 3. and Conflict Resolution and Gun Violence Prevention Education in our schools).

Hold on York, you're not alone🙏🏽.

Michael Muldrow
Commissioner
York City Police