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Number Of Stop-And-Frisks Down Dramatically Year-To-Year, Data Shows

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy rally on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy rally on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New data from the NYPD shows a drastic drop in the number of stop-and-frisks so far in 2014 compared to last.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who assumed office on Jan. 1, ran on a platform of improving police-community relations and reforming the controversial practice.

Comparing the first quarter of this year to last, the number of stop-and-frisks is down 86 percent, WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reported.

“It’s good. Everybody love it. We all free now,” one man said.

“It feels real good because I have a son and you know, you could be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” a woman told Smith.

“I don’t think crime went up too much more, so it’s good,” a woman said.

The latest numbers reported by the Wall Street Journal show more than 14,000 stops in the first three months of the de Blasio administration. A year ago, that number was closer to 100,000.

Some New Yorkers said the tactic makes them feel safer.

“I think that it should be done more often. It’s not how many times you do it, it’s the approach,” a man said.

“In certain situations, I think they should do it in certain places. But it seems to be going pretty well right now,” a woman told Smith.

As the outgoing Bloomberg administration scaled back the tactic, the final three months of 2013 was down to some 12,000 stops, so the numbers this year are actually a slight uptick, Smith reported.

The racial breakdown of the stops remains about the same compared with the previous administration.

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