The New York Police Department released new information during the first week of February of 2007. It shows that police officers stopped an amazing number of people this last year. The last time 12 month data was disclosed was in 2002. At that time, there were 97, 296 individuals stopped on NYC streets--many of them searched. That number has jumped by over 500% to 508,540 citizens stopped and/or searched last year. That's an average of 1,393 stops per day. I know I feel safer.
The number of stops and summonses has increased by 5 times and the number of arrests has doubled. If you want to read the entire NYT article, but don't have a subscription, you can view it on the Randomized Geek blog here.