The NYPD is so overwhelmed by the spike in murders and gun violence – including the unsolved shooting of a housing cop – that the brass has created “Summer Investigative Teams” to bolster manpower in Manhattan, The Post has  learned.

At least three detectives from each of the borough’s 22 numbered Manhattan  commands – one per eight-hour shift – are being reassigned to the special units  operated by the Manhattan North and South homicide squads.

The redeployment will remain in effect until Labor Day, sources said.

The SIT units were created after the July 5 ambush of Officer Brian Groves,  who was shot in the chest in an Essex Street housing project by a gun-toting  thug he had chased down a stairwell, a source said.

Groves, 30, survived after his Kevlar vest stopped a bullet aimed at his  heart.

The NYPD saw a staggering 77 people shot the week of July 4 – a 28 percent  increase compared to 2011.

Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said, “Obviously, it’s time to increase the head count in the detective squads.

“We are so short-staffed, you can’t even plug the holes with overtime,” he  said.

Source: The NY Post


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