NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After taking heat for its stop and frisk policy, the NYPD now reports a drop in them.
They are down 34 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the second quarter.
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There were 133,934 people were stopped by between April 1 and June 30, but 203,500 were stopped between January 1 and March 31.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there were a couple of reasons why the number of people stopped and questioned dropped.
For one, two classes of rookie cops were put in the high crime impact zones January through March, when there was a crime spike in the city.
“In the training and some of the auditing, some of the reports were being doubled up,” he told reporters on Friday.
He said there had also been clerical errors.
“When an arrest was made, a form that we call 250 was being prepared sometimes when it was simply inappropriate,” he said.
Some civil rights groups criticized the practice, saying innocent people were being stopped and questioned, and sometimes frisked.
Kelly said the department is now focusing on additional oversight and training, which he said are working.
“They’re talking about what rises to the level of reasonable suspicion and how you articulate that,” he said.
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