The number of so-called "stop and frisks" is rising.
City police officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people on the street last year, a record since the NYPD began yearly tallies of the tactic in 2002 and a 14 percent increase over 2010.
It couldn't be determined how many people were patted down during the encounters, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Typically, half of the potential suspects who are stopped are frisked or searched.
Of those stopped last year, about 12 percent were arrested or received summonses. The rest were not charged.
Civil-rights advocates claim the practice unfairly targets innocent blacks and other people of color, and that many stops are made without proper cause.
The department calls the tactic an essential crime-fighting tool.