NEW YORK - The NYPD is reporting a sharp decline of 80 percent in its stop-and-frisk numbers.
According to the latest statistics, slightly more than 21,000 stops were made in July, August and September after the department revised its training policy. During those same months last year, officers made 106,000 stops.
Police say that 99 firearms were recovered over the three months this year, compared to 198 the year before. Knife recovery also dropped to 463 compared to 1,016.
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The decline comes on the heels of a federal judge's ruling that the NYPD’S policy of stopping and questioning people based on reasonable suspicion of a crime unfairly targets minorities. The judge ordered reforms of the tactic, but changes are on hold pending a city appeal.