Wednesday, January 12, 2011
COMPARE AND CONTRAST - NYPD 8 POLICE SHOOTINGS IN 2010
34,000 police officers.
8 police involved shooting deaths.
1,100 police officers
6 police involved shooting deaths.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly praised the officers' training for reducing the number so greatly over the decades.
"It is a tribute to the police officers' training and restraint as well as a reflection of a safer city that fatalities have plummeted despite an increase in police numbers and in the capacity of their firearms," Kelly said.
The reason for fewer shootings isn't that there are fewer confrontations, it's that the officers are being held more accountable, said Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
"Police officers are placed on modified duty, there is a lot of negative press, there is a review after the incident, they face discipline, there is accountability, more now then there has been before," she said. "It can make them think twice before firing their weapons."
Overall, NYPD officers are firing fewer times and the number of people killed by police bullets each year has hovered around a dozen during the past decade. The numbers are low even as it has become easier to shoot: Before 1993, officers were armed with six-shot revolvers compared to today's 16-shot semiautomatic pistols.
2010 sees fewest fatal police shootings for NYPD