BROOKLYN - The NYPD is reporting an overall citywide decline in the murder rate from one year ago.

The report shows a 25 percent decline in murders for Brooklyn over last year, from 197 murders in 2011 to 149 murders this year.

The 73rd Precinct reported the sharpest drop, with a 42 percent decline in murders.

The NYPD credits the decline in murders to the stop-and-frisk policy, despite the controversy surrounding the policy.