Revealed: New York is one of the safest cities in the world because of & # 39; cyber snoop noses & # 39; search the internet for possible threats
- The New York police uses a 'cyber-detective'. who scans the web for escalating threats
- Michael Perry, a 38-year-old father of two, is one of the cyber detectives of the police
- Mr. Perry said that they had 570 days without murder in his community
Barbara Mcmahon for the mail on Sunday
Michael Perry, a 38-year-old father-of-two, is a former drug dealer who runs a program aimed at at-risk youth
New York is now the safest city in the US – and one of the crucial weapons in the war on crime is a sleuth who is searching the web for escalating threats.
Teams of the police already monitor social media sites, which strengthen and accelerate online conflicts, so that they can overflow into real violence. Hundreds of gang members have been accused of evidence from such pages.
In addition to the efforts of the police, a system of civilian "violent breakers" was developed with the non-profit Citizens Crime Commission of New York. Michael Perry, a 38-year-old father-of-two, is a former drug dealer who runs a program aimed at at-risk youth on Staten Island. He builds relationships with those who are involved in gang wars.
Sleuths like Mr Perry decipher signs of problems – between the so-called "cyber-bangers". – and counterattacks before problems start.
He is constantly on the streets and one of the many extra pairs of eyes who follow social media and intervene in online battles that can escalate into violence. & # 39; There is a lot of peer pressure on young men to be tough men, to be territorial and hypermannual, and when they do not feel respected on social media, they go out on the street, "he says.
It is our job to intervene – we send them or call them or go to a meeting location that is set up and tries to cool things down. Often it is not about big things, but about a girl – but then it escalates into something bigger.
We mediate peace agreements and we verify that they are being held. It is our job to remodel brains and brain wires, because these children are often confused. We tell them it's good to be the cool guy who goes to school and just does his thing – he does not have to be the tough guy. & # 39;
In the neighborhood of Mr Perry, where about one third of the community lives below the poverty line, the program has borne fruit. & # 39; We average seven to eight stoppages per month and so far we have had 570 days without a murder, "he says.
& In the past, every six months we had six to eight deadly shootings or stabbings. & # 39;