Letter: More arrests are better than fewer

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor New York Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Theodore Parisienne

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According to the Newsday article "Kudos go to Kelly" [News, May 10], New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says he is comfortable with the number of stop-and-frisk stops now.

The numbers in the article, however, make me wonder whether the NYPD is heading in the right direction: 14,261 stops in the first three months of 2014 led to arrests or summonses in 20 percent of the cases. That compares with 99,788 stops that led to arrests or summonses 10 percent of the time in the same period in 2013.

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That means under Commissioner Ray Kelly, there were 9,979 "good" stops, versus 2,852 for the same period this year. Aren't we safer with more good stops?

Norman Cohen, Farmingdale
 

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