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Cutbacks have NYPD preparing for more crime

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By Rocco Parascandola

NEW YORK — The NYPD is closely monitoring quality-of-life complaints as police commanders citywide watch for any indications of upticks in crime and the city grapples with sharp cutbacks and a dismal economy, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday.

"Our commanders are very much concerned about quality-of-life violations slipping back and giving us cause for alarm in certain neighborhoods," Kelly testified before the City Council's Public Safety Committee. Such complaints include noise violations and public urination and intoxication.

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