New York City Police Dept. tout improving crime numbers to defend frisking policy.

Image: New York City Police officers being debriefed by their…

Image: New York City Police officers being debriefed by their lieutenant (in the white shirt) in Times Square, May 29, 2010. Nightscream/Wikipedia

New York police on Sunday touted the impact of their much-criticized “stop, question and frisk” policy, claiming it has contributed to a spike in the number of firearms confiscated and coincided with what is shaping up to be a historically low murder rate.

Comparing numbers from the first three months of 2012 to the same period last year, the number of such stops increased 10% while the number of illicit guns taken away went up 31%, according to a New York Police Department statement from Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

Meanwhile, New York’s murder rate has plunged 21% year-to-date as of last Friday — meaning, if the current trend continues, the yearly number of murders in the city would be the lowest since such statistics first were recorded, as such, in 1963.

Source: CNN

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