Stop and Frisk Works, Look the Other Way Doesn't

The analysis credits the plummeting murder rate as 2 percent responsible for increased life expectancy


In the debate over profiling and intervention, it's clear that profiling works while ignorance doesn't. The NYPD has taken a lot of heat for its tactics, including gathering intelligence on mosques and stop and frisk stops in dangerous areas. And those tactics have saved lives.

The decline in New York City’s murder rate — which the NYPD credits, in large part, to stop-and-frisk — is so dramatic that it has helped boost the average life expectancy of Big Apple residents, The Post has learned.

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 — thanks to better treatment and medication — as the two biggest reasons for longer life spans.

But the analysis also credits the plummeting murder rate as 2 percent responsible for increased life expectancy — 3 percent for men and 1.2 percent for women. The number of homicides fell from 673 in 2000 to 536 in 2010. Last year, it plunged to 419.

Compare that to the See No Evil, Hear No Evil attitude that allowed Tamerlan Tsarnaev to remain in this country despite a history of domestic violence and Islamist contacts. Or for that matter the attitude that allowed his family to come to this country.

Assertive intelligent tactics save lives. And they certainly beat rushing around after the killers once their plots are developed and they're on the go. Law enforcement did a great job within the parameters they were operating in. But those politically correct parameters cost lives.

New York City went from a dangerous hellhole to a place where its mayor has the luxury to waste time on ridiculous soda schemes. That is a luxury provided by NYPD tactics that are politically incorrect, but that work.

The NYPD hasn't just focused on chasing down criminals, but on preventing crimes before they happen. And doing that requires understanding the sources of crime and taking action.