The number of guns taken off the street by the NYPD has dropped during the Bloomberg era despite a 600 percent increase in stop-and-frisks, DNAinfo.com New York has found.
During the past two years alone, the number of firearms seized by
police has fallen 13.5 percent from 3,908 in 2009 with 510,742 frisks,
to 3,443 last year, when the NYPD stopped and frisked a record-busting
685,724 New Yorkers.
And last week the NYPD reported that during the first half of this
year, firearm seizures continues to fall to 1,613, compared to 1,705
during the first six months of last year. The downturn came as the NYPD
conducted 337,434 stops-and-frisks — a figure that keeps the NYPD on
pace to match last year’s record-busting total.
By comparison, during Bloomberg’s first year in office in 2002, the
NYPD recovered 4,069 guns — but the police stop-and-frisked only 96,000
people that year, according to NYPD data.