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NYPD Police Shootings Reach Record Low

November 22, 2011  | 

Infographic: NYPD
Infographic: NYPD

While the number of officer-involved shootings fell to a record low in 2010, New York City police officers fired nearly a quarter more bullets than a year earlier, according to the Firearms Discharge Report.

In 2010, NYPD officers fired their guns 92 times, 13% less than the 106 shootings in 2009. The number is the lowest since 1971, when the department began tracking the data.

The department is expected to report an even lower number for 2011. With six weeks remaining, only 83 officer-involved shootings have been recorded.

"The improvement is due to police training, restraint, and our success in reducing crime overall," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the New York Daily News.

Also, the number of bullets fired by police last year increased 24%, from 297 to 368. Two gun battles, including a shootout in Harlem where a suspect was hit by 23 rounds, played a role in that increase, police said.

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chris @ 11/22/2011 6:36 PM

Ray kelly should also attribute the decrease in shootings to the fact that NYPD officers know they are crucified by the departmental charges, the civilian complaint review board, and the anti-cop grand juries especially in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Brad @ 11/23/2011 7:11 AM

The stats always have 10,000 more assaults than shootings. Have the assaults gone up as the shootings gone down? Does NYPD now have more crippled officers rather than shoot?

Tony @ 11/24/2011 7:42 AM

I'm glad 1st that none of the officers were injured severely in this shooting. I don't agree with having such a high trigger pull as this definitely affects your accuracy and add the fact of your accuracy going down in the stress of a shooting situation. I work as a deputy and we are allowed to carry whatever we can qualify with but mostly carry Glock model 22's in 40cal or 45's. Just like the military found out that a heavier caliber bullet has more stopping power so maybe NYPD officers would not have to shoot so many times to stop a criminal that is shooting at them. I know that in a big city setting things are more complicated than in the rural setting that i'm in.

Scott in Florida @ 11/25/2011 4:55 AM

I don't work and never have worked for the NYPD but here in Florida, I know a whole bunch of people from NY who tell me how great it is up there every day. As for Tony's comment that a heavier caliber bullet has more stopping power so officers would not have to shoot as many rounds, I have to disagree. It is a fallacy to believe there is a reliable man stopper in a handgun round. Ballistics shows the faster the round the more kinetic energy is dispersed in the body. If you take the ballistics of a 9mm, 40 Cal and a 45 ACP, you will see the ballistics on kinetic energy dispersement is roughly the same. The only difference is the size of the hole punched into the body by the projectile. Look at the size of a standard .223 round. It's roughly the size of .22 caliber slug yet it strikes the body at well over 2500 feet per second, depending on barrel length and powder charge. This alone causes massive internal injuries from the kinetic shock of the round striking the body. Other factors to consider are training and shot placement as well as the number of officers on scene. Carry what you want but train with it, and I don't mean punching holes in paper. If you train like its real then you will react properly when it is real. As a firearms instructor who has studied officer involved shootings, I have come to the conclusion that in a real gunfight, we are 25% of what we are on the range. The size of the projectile has nothing to do with the amount of rounds shot due to "knock down power". If you are forced to shoot a suspect, consider it like buying real estate, Location, location, location. Until then, train like your life depends on it because it does. Be safe out there.

SP6468 @ 11/26/2011 7:39 AM

Scott in Florida, great information. Our department issues 9mm. I personally would rather carry a 357 SIG round. As far as velocity and knock down power, I think it's hard to beat, although the ammo is pricey. Heck, I'd take 40 caliber as a duty round also. I agree with your points about training and shot placement, but that goes without saying. Criminals on the streets are carrying large caliber handguns and I think a uniformed officer should be carrying something bigger than a 9mm. Just my thoughts..

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