New statistics show that New York Police Department officers made 601,055 street stops of potential suspects last year.
It was the first time the total topped 600,000. The NYPD reports the figures on so-called stop and frisks to the City Council, and the 2010 numbers were made public Tuesday.
Civil rights advocates claim the practice unfairly targets blacks and other minorities, and that many stops are made without proper cause.
Police officials counter that it's essential crime-fighting tool. About 10 percent of the stops result in arrests.
In 2009, 575,304 stops were recorded.