NEW YORK - (AP) - New statistics show that New York PoliceDepartment officers made 601,055 street stops of potential suspectslast year.

It was the first time the total topped 600,000. The NYPD reportsthe figures on so-called stop and frisks to the City Council, andthe 2010 numbers were made public Tuesday.

Civil rights advocates claim the practice unfairly targetsblacks and other minorities, and that many stops are made withoutproper cause.

Police officials counter that it's essential crime-fightingtool. About 10 percent of the stops result in arrests.

In 2009, 575,304 stops were recorded.