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The New York City Police Department Housing Bureau is responsible for providing the security and delivery of police services to about 420,000 people using New York City's public housing projects. They are stationed in Police Service Areas (PSA), which are almost identical to police precincts, with nine PSAs in total located throughout the five boroughs. Officers often do vertical patrols, making sure illegal activity does not take place in the halls, stairways, or the roof. The New York City Housing Authority Police Department was merged with the NYPD, like the New York City Transit Police, in 1995. Some new police officers are randomly assigned to housing units. Statistics on crimes in NYC Public Housing are posted by the NYCPD and are available on-line at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/hb_eagle_report.pdf
The NYPD also has a policy where regular precinct units can take or assist "jobs" in a housing development. Housing units also have their own equipment, such as police cars.
The current chief of the NYPD Housing Bureau is James Secreto, who took office on November 3, 2014. Secreto is a 35-year veteran of the NYC Police Department.
- Police Service Area 1 Patrols Housing developments in the confines of the 60th, 61st, 63rd, 69th, 76th and 78th precincts in Brooklyn South
- Police Service Area 2 Patrols Housing developments in the confines of the 73rd, 75th and 77th precincts in Brooklyn North
- Police Service Area 3 Patrols Housing developments in the confines of the 79th, 84th, 81st, 88th and 90th precincts in Brooklyn North
- Police Service Area 4 in Manhattan South Patrol Borough covers 5th, 7th and 9th pcts
- Police Service Area 5 In Manhattan North Patrol Borough covers 23rd, 25th and 28th pcts
- Police Service Area 6 In Manhattan North Patrol Borough covers 24th, 26th and 32th pcts
- Police Service Area 7 Bronx Borough covers 40th and 42nd pcts
- Police Service Area 8 covers confines of the 43rd, 45th, and 47th precincts
- Police Service Area 9 Queens Borough cover 114th and 107th precincts