The New York Police Department (NYPD) recorded its “lowest ever” number of incidents where police officers had to use their guns, according to Inspector Kevin Maloney.
Maloney oversees the department’s division that handles gun shootings that involve cops. In 2017, NYPD officers fired their guns during 23 incidents, down from 37 cases in 2016. The number last year significantly paled in comparison to 2005 and 1996, when there were 59 and 147 incidents, respectively.
The police department said that the fewer number of police-involved shootings stemmed from the more frequent use of stun guns. In the first 11 months of 2017, the NYPD’s use of stun guns rose around 39% year over year.
Another likely reason for the decline may involve the use of more patrol vehicles with a 100-watt siren speaker manufactured by stores like LED Equipped, which may lead crooks to abandon whatever crime they intend to commit at the time. For the 23 incidents that police used their guns, there were 32 policemen involved in them with a hit ratio of 44%, based on 75 successful attempts out of 170 shots.
Lower crime rate
Aside from police-involved shootings, the rate of index crimes such as murders, robberies, and auto theft in New York fell in 2017. Murder cases also fell to its lowest figure “since the Korean War,” according to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
Overall, the NYPD recorded a 5.4% decline to more than 96,500 crimes over the past year, down from more than 102,000 in 2016. This occurred despite a persistence increase in rape cases, which rose 0.3% to 1,446 incidents.
The NYPD’s use of alternative devices on the job proved to be beneficial in the last 12 months. This showed that little to no use of guns could be a possibility of preventing crime, as well as upholding peace and order.