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NYC community outreach to fight crime

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New York City has what are called hot zones -- areas that account for a disproportionate number of shootings. Central Harlem is one. Now city officials and community leaders plan to stop the violence with more than police patrols.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials are taking new steps to prevent violence in the most troubled areas identified by the NYPD. The mayor said police are a key component, but law enforcement can't do it alone. Community-based programs will be expanded, but that doesn't come cheap.

Some community leaders said the plan doesn't put enough emphasis on early intervention.

The Mission Society's Harlem Snug program promotes personal responsibility. Antoine Joyner, 23, did not let being wounded on the streets stop him from graduating from college.

Community leaders said too many children are growing up afraid.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was not at the event. But NYPD brass was present.

The mayor said that despite rumors and recent articles, Bratton still has his full support.

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