NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti

The only thing missing are the smocks.

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said.

The cops were even given instructions like “spray a square around the tag and then fill it in” — in areas such as Bushwick, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant, police sources said.

Some officers say the new policy wastes time, puts them in danger and does nothing to make the neighborhoods safer.

“This whole graffiti program is ridiculous. Some of these neighborhoods are really dangerous. There should be more of a focus on serious crime,” said one cop.

A high-ranking officer added, “The summer is right around the corner. Shootings always go up in the warmer months. This year is no exception. You can’t have officers wasting their time on graffiti taggers.”

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