'Operation Spring Ahead' initiative aims to improve quality of life in Yonkers
The City of Yonkers announced a new initiative Friday to improve the quality of life in the state's third largest city.
It is called "Operation Spring Ahead" and it begins next week. Yonkers police will enforce minor issues that they say lower the quality of life.
They may be minor issues, but Mayor Mike Spano said they are impacting the day-to-day lives of the more than 200,000 residents that call the city home.
"Our traffic unit will work with outside agencies to target speeding, aggressive and reckless drivers. Loud mufflers vehicle and traffic law violations that drive many of our community complaints," explained Yonkers Police Commissioner Chris Sapienza.
Precinct officers are going to enforce things like double parking, disorderly groups and dog waste. Intelligence officers and patrol officers will work to address property crimes.
"Catalytic converter theft and shoplifting in our business district," Sapienza added.
Spano said that when the temperatures increase, so do these types of crimes.
"We want to make sure they are ready there to meet the challenge, and our men and women in blue, are," he said.
With this new initiative, officials hope to attract new businesses and improve the overall living standard in the city.