NYPD: Lowest Incidence of Police-Involved Shootings in 2010

January 12, 2011 Updated: January 13, 2011

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced Tuesday that 2010 had the lowest incidence of police-involved shootings since 1971, when the tracking of firearm discharges began.

Eight people were killed and 16 were wounded in police-involved shootings last year. By comparison, 93 people were killed in such incidents in 1971.

New York City has the lowest ratio of fatal police-involved shootings of any major police department in the nation, according to NYPD. The city's ratio was 0.34 per 1,000 officers in 2010.

“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.