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Bratton: fewer NYPD stop-and-frisks, but higher arrest rate

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, New York Mayor Bill

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other ranking officials along with NYPD members awaiting promotion, right, listen to the National Anthem during a police promotion ceremony at One Police Plaza on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Credit: Craig Ruttle

Although the number of stop-and-frisks by the NYPD continues to plummet, the percentage of stops leading to arrests and gun seizures has increased, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Friday.

"We are having more and more of those stops leading to arrests and the recovery of guns. The percentages are much higher," he said.

The rise in the arrest percentage is something one police official indicated stemmed from better-quality stops by officers. In the past, critics pointed to the low percentage of arrests stemming from stops as a sign that the tactic was being used indiscriminately.

Although Bratton didn't cite statistics, officials say and department statistics show that in the last quarter of 2013, about 16 percent of 12,495 total police actions led to arrests. In recent years, that percentage had dipped to as low as 6 percent, records show.

Statistics showing the number of weapons seized weren't available Friday.

The percentage of stops leading to arrests steadily rose in 2013 during the tenure of Bratton's predecessor, Ray Kelly, who bore much of the criticism over extensive use of stop-and-frisk. In the third quarter of 2013, 12 percent of stops led to arrests, compared with 6.5 percent in the second quarter, police data showed.

There were 191,588 stops by police in 2013, down from a high of nearly 700,000 in 2011, records show. The numbers dropped sharply after a federal judge last summer found constitutional violations in stop-and-frisk practices and imposed remedies, including the appointment of a monitor.

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