New York City has fewest shootings ever last year

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: A New York Police Department (NYPD) car is viewed in Times Square on August 12, 2013 in New York City. The controversial policy employed by the NYPD in high crime neighborhoods known as stop and frisk has been given a severe rebuke by a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD's stop and frisk tactic's after finding that it intentionally discriminates based on race. Both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York City recorded its fewest number of shootings last year and narrowly missed setting a record low for homicides.

According to data released Wednesday, the city had 335 homicides in 2016. The city’s record low was 333 in 2014.

Police officials reported 998 shooting incidents in 2016.

Overall crime was also at its lowest.

Crime continues to drop even as police make fewer arrests for low-level infractions now handled through tickets. They’ve also reduced use of the stop-and-frisk technique.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill says the numbers “are not by accident.” He says they are the result of careful police strategies and increased work with communities.

Modern record keeping began in the late 1990s with the creation of the department’s crime-tracking data system.

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  • Opinion8d

    If it wasn’t reported, it didn’t happen. Maybe that a result of reduced crime or maybe it’s a result of a dis-engaged police force.

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