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(NYPD) Beyond the Record Lows, Data on Police Shootings Offer a Wealth of Details
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Last year, 52 officers from the New York Police Department fired a total of 236 bullets during confrontations with suspects. About half of the officers used a two-handed grip on their firearm, as the department encourages, while the others shot one-handed. And in a sign of just how tense these 33 separate shooting episodes were, and how rapidly they unfolded, only one officer reported using the guns sight before firing.

The departments latest annual firearms-discharge report provides further evidence of the steep decline in shootings by the police in recent decades. It also catalogs a rich array of details gleaned from internal reviews of each shooting, in the hope of improving training for officers.

Among its findings, the report found that a greater percentage of shootings happen from a distance of 6 to 10 feet than from 1 to 5 feet. The report also notes that one officer fired from a distance of more than 50 feet and missed.

Still, the most significant lesson to be gleaned from the report is perhaps just how rare shootings have become.

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