Public Safety + Police Reform

It’s simple: We all need to feel safe on our streets, in our neighborhoods, in our homes- no matter what zip code you live in. Black Lives Matter. Kettling is unacceptable. If you break the rules, you get fired.

Driving down crime and police reform are not in conflict with one another

When we measure the right metrics, we can move from a warrior culture to a guardian mindset. When we enforce strict accountability, we can eliminate aggressive policing. When we address the primary socio-economic drivers of crime, we can make it easier for police and our communities to succeed.

But we need to get real about what it’s going to take to keep our communities safe and reform the NYPD. We need an experienced leader who is ready to work with the police union to get results. Kathryn is the only candidate that has the commitment and the experience to get it done. As the leader of a uniform agency with a 98% male force and law enforcement division, she was tough but fair–and fired Sanitation Workers that broke the rules. This is the kind of accountability we need to achieve real reform. 

Right now we are seeing many retirements in the upper ranks at NYPD. A new commissioner will have the opportunity to reshape the culture. Our incoming recruits will be more diverse. But we can’t afford another day without action or accountability. Kathryn’s plan will drive down crime and restore trust in the NYPD.

police reform

Kathryn’s plan to reform the NYPD.


Prevent and reduce crime and violence

Reform and Rebuild our police Culture To Serve every New Yorker Fairly

Address gun violence and stop the flow of illegal firearms into the city

Proactively confront and address hate crimes

Reform our criminal justice system and take action to eliminate disparities based on race and class that make it difficult for families to succeed

Media Coverage


"We need to have public safety in order to have an economy that can grow. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. You didn’t take the subway after eight o’clock at night, because it was too dangerous. We can’t go back to those days. Holding the Police Commissioner accountable for creating the culture is imperative, and as the next mayor, that is what I’ll do.”


[Garcia’s] first impulse...was to acknowledge that “we have seen an uptick in crime in this city, an uptick in shootings, in . . . hate crime against Asians, in crime on the subway.” She pointed out, too, that when it comes to better policing, she has managed a large, uniformed, unionized workforce.


“I understand uniform employees and how you manage a paramilitary organization. You have to have really clear, crisp rules. And you have to hold people accountable, otherwise you lose control of the department… the sergeants and lieutenants are absolutely critical to culture change. [we need to] make sure they are trained in implicit bias and management. And then promote people into the Chief roles who are making connections with communities and driving down crime.”


Garcia wants to expand the footprint of statistical analysis to determine how to improve violence interrupter programs and get a better understanding of how cops interact with the public in ways that are often ignored but can lead to building trust.