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.