By WENDY RUDERMAN and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Police officers in New York City stopped and questioned far fewer people in the second quarter of 2012 than they did in the first three months of the year, with the total number dropping 34 percent, a police official said.

The Police Department conducted 203,500 stops in the first quarter, a record number. But in the second quarter, April, May and June, the police stopped 133,934 people, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said.

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