News & Special Alerts

NYPD Truancy sweep from 59th to northern tip of Manhattan

Don't be a turkey, stay in school!
To help keep youths out of trouble and on track the NYPD is conducting a truancy sweep before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 26th in Manhattan North, from 59th Street on the east and west sides to the northern tip of Manhattan.
How do Truancy Sweeps increase the safety of students?
  • They make students aware that they are being watched which often encourages them to stay in school and pursue their studies;
  • They help identify children with problems, as drug or alcohol abuse, so the children can receive the proper services;
  • They reduce the likelihood of juveniles engaging in criminal mischief, and others from being victimized; and
  • They result in unanticipated arrests, as in the arrest of:  a 21 year old man for promoting truancy and endangering the welfare of 25 youths; an 18 year old with a loaded hand gun and 100 bags of marijuana in his back pack; and two sex offenders.   

For further details on these and other incidents go to , click “SUN Communications Archive,” and view entries under Special Initiatives and Rape/Pedophilia/Other Sex Crimes.


  • Report online (or by voice/text to 347 560-9110) through SUN when you are unable or unwilling to report youth-related non-emergencies, or want to report incidents anonymously to the police, including RUMORS, SUSPICIOUS or CRIMINAL ACTIVITY on the streets, in transit and in your parks

Reports are transmitted by SUN to appropriate decision makers in the NYPD for their attention. For emergencies call 911 immediately.


What is SUN?

SUN is an important safety initiative for children, activated in cooperation with the NYPD to help keep youths on track, prevent delinquency and reduce crime concerning youths, including drug dealing, gang activity, pedophilia, and substance abuse.  SUN began on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the spring of 2006 and now has thousands of individuals from over 100 schools receiving SUN Alerts in Manhattan alone.

How does SUN work?

SUN transmits Incident Reports from parents, schools and community members to appropriate decision makers at the NYPD, when necessary, for their attention. SUN is especially effective in dispelling rumors circulating on the street and Internet, reducing fear and panic when a situation arises, and mobilizing the community when necessary, since SUN, established as a reliable source, rapidly disseminates recommended courses of action from the NYPD to our parent subscribers and member schools by issuing SUN Alerts.

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