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They never know what kind of day they’ll have.During a single building sweep, the NYPD officers assigned to patrol the city’s public housing can encounter vicious pit bulls, drug dealers, trespassers, and a whole host of other unsavory characters.
In light of the recent shooting that would have left an officer dead if it weren’t for his bulletproof vest, the New York Post took a look at what it takes to keep the city’s housing projects safe.
“Every step, every corner you turn, you don’t know what you’re going to run into,” an officer told the Post. “Your heart is always in your mouth. It’s scary, nerve-wracking.”
Housing Division cops, who have “the most dangerous job on patrol” according to one cop, spend their days conducting “vertical patrols” in the buildings.
They take the elevator up to the top floor and walk to the roof — the most dangerous part of the patrol — and then search the building from the top down.
“No one is supposed to be up there [on the roof], and if they are, they have the higher ground,” a different source told the Post. “You’ve got junkies hanging out there, drug paraphernalia. Dealers can hide their guns there.”
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