New York City cops are doing less hands-on work while on the job this year. The police department released data that shows cops stopped and frisked 134,029 people in the first three months of 2007. That's a 2.1% decrease over the same period in 2006. The New York Post reports that this is actually only the second time that the NYPD has released this sort of data. The department released the first-quarter stop and frisk data for 2006 back in February after repeated requests by the City Council.
Even with the decrease, the cops are on track to stop and frisk around 536,000 people in 2007, or approximately 6.5% of New York's entire population. If you are a completely average New York resident, there is a one in 15 chance that you will be stopped and frisked by police. We've read that an aggressive stop and frisk policy paired with more severe penalties for gun law violations are what led to the decrease in the city's gun violence in recent years. It will be interesting to see if this small decrease in stop and frisk incidents has any reverse repercussions.
(Frisked, by edEx at flickr)