Drop in Complaints

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The 20th police precinct ? the Upper West Side ? had the biggest drop in civilian complaints filed in the entire city between 2011 and 2012, according to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. There was a decline of 35 percent from 40 complaints to 26, the board said. To view this in perspective, overall, Manhattan was the borough with the second highest number of misconduct complaints, with 1,302, or 23 percent of the CCRB's complaints. Brooklyn generated 35%, the Bronx 22%, Queens 15%, and Staten Island 5%. Looking at total number of incidents, there were 13 fewer from Manhattan in 2012 compared to 2011, a 1% drop.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board released its 12-month status report for 2012, on July 2. The report details complaint activity, agency productivity, and police department discipline in substantiated cases of misconduct.

In 2012, people filed 3% fewer police misconduct complaints than in 2011, and 22% fewer than in 2008. In 2012 there were 5,763 complaints, compared to 6,969 in 2011 and 7,395 in 2008.

City-wide, the actual number of stop, question and frisk complaints declined by 5% from 1,640 in 2011 to 1,551 in 2012.

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