NEW YORK (AP) — Police officers in New York City last year shot and killed the fewest people since their department started keeping such data.

Eight people were killed by officers in the nation’s largest police department and 16 were wounded in police gunfire — another record low.

New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said the department started keeping comparable data on firearms discharges in 1971, when officers killed 93 people.

There were 12 police shooting deaths in 2009. The previous low was nine in 2005.

The latest statistics were released Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the low number of shooting deaths is a tribute to the police officers’ training and restraint and to a safer city.

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