Well this year stop, question, and frisks are down 50 percent and homicides are down another 20 percent (which is really amazing).
Today the city released a press release touting this most recent crime drop (did I mention how amazing this is?!). Interestingly, nothing was said about stop and frisk. How odd.
So while some stop and frisks are needed -- you know, ones based police officers' actual reasonable suspicion that a suspect is armed -- it seem like the NYPD can do just fine, gosh, perhaps even better, while stopping 800 fewer people per day.
The problem when you try and quantify the "productivity" of police work (or almost any occupation) is that those being judged start to play to the stats. Means becomes ends. Ends be damned.
But now Bloomberg barely gives the police any credit at all! Here's the press release:
To: Interested Parties
From: Howard Wolfson
RE: T-Minus 5
Over the last 10 days, Mayor Bloomberg has been to each of the five boroughs, cutting ribbons, touring schools, riding on a new subway extension, visiting new parks, and discussing the incredible progress of the last twelve years.
Today and tomorrow the Mayor will highlight the Administration’s record fighting crime while reducing incarceration rates by visiting a Neighborhood Opportunity Network Center and by attending his final police graduation ceremony to swear in more than 1,100 police recruits.
Under Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly crime has fallen in New York City to record lows:
Safest big city in the nation: New York City has fewer major felony crimes per 100,000 residents than any of the nation’s top 25 largest cities.
Total Crime: Down 32% compared to 2001, despite the added demand of counterterrorism, having fewer officers in the ranks, and adding 300,000 more people to the city’s population.
Murder: On pace to have a record low number of murders in 2013 following a record low established in 2012.
Murder is down 49% compared to 2001.
Shootings: On pace to have a record low number of shootings in 2013 following a record low established in 2012.
Terrorism: Since 9/11, there has not been a successful terror attack against New York City, despite the city remaining a top terror target.
At the same time that Ray Kelly and the NYPD have brought crime to record lows, the Bloomberg Administration has actually reduced incarceration rates in New York City by 36% over the last twelve years.
This drop occurred as the national incarceration rate rose by 3% during the same period.
So during the last twelve years, the United States also saw crime declines, but it was achieved by locking more people up. But New York City didn’t reduce crime by locking more people up: in fact the City actually put fewer and fewer of its citizens behind bars as crime fell to record lows.
How? The crime prevention strategies implemented by the NYPD, and under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Commissioners Vincent Schiraldi, Dora Schriro and others the City have expanded use of felony drug courts, alternative-to-incarceration programs for substance abusers, expanded alternatives to jail sentences for misdemeanants, created more effective probation programs and implemented the Young Men’s Initiative, which is reducing increasing opportunities for young black and Latino men and reducing the number of young black and Latino men who are entering the criminal justice system.
The result? New York City is the safest it has ever been.