New York, Apr. 22 (ANI): The decline in New York City's murder rate is so dramatic that it has helped boost the average life expectancy of its residents, and the New York Police Department credits the boost in average life expectancy to stop-and-frisk.
A city Health Department analysis listed all the factors that contributed to increased life expectancy of New Yorkers from 78 a decade ago to 81 in 2010.
The report attributes two-thirds of higher longevity to reductions in heart disease and cancer rates, and another 11 percent to longevity of residents with AIDS/HIV as the two biggest reasons for longer life spans, reports the New York Post.
The number of homicides fell from 673 in 2000 to 536 in 2010. Last year, it plunged to 419.
The analysis shows that while life expectancy is up among all ethnic groups and parts of the city, it was greater among blacks. It increased 3.8 years for blacks, 3.2 years for whites and 2.2 years for Hispanics from 2001 to 2010.
Even law-enforcement advocates were surprised by the findings.
City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said it is amazing since normally life-span increases are due to medical advances- not law-enforcement advances.
The disclosure of the data comes at a time when critics want to dramatically scale back some of the NYPD's aggressive crime-fighting strategies credited with reducing gun violence and murder, particularly stop-and-frisk.
But Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that would be a mistake. He believes this tactic is lifesaving. It is lawful and its constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1968. (ANI)