New York City Police Department statistics show that city police stopped 533,042 people in 2012, which is a roughly 22-percent drop from 2011, and black and Hispanic men still were the majority of those stopped.
In 2011, the NYPD stopped 685,724 people.
This is the second time in a decade that the number of stop-and-frisks have dropped.
The data show 7,100 weapons were recovered due to the 2012 stops.
The policy is under legal review through several court battles examining whether the practice is constitutional.
Three separate federal lawsuits are pending.
A judge has allowed a stop-and-frisk program at private buildings in the Bronx to continue while city lawyers appeal a decision that disallowed them.