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Monday, April 07, 2008

1st Quarter Homicide Rate Lowest Since 1985

Give credit where credit is due:
Something has changed. Compared to the same time last year, homicides were down 30 percent in the first three months of 2008 and shootings declined 31 percent. Last year began as the most violent in more than a decade, but the first quarter of 2008 was Baltimore's least deadly since 1985.

City and state officials caution that it's too early to extrapolate much, but they say the trends are encouraging and point to a host of factors that they believe have made a difference.
IMO the new police chief, Fredrick Bealefeld deserves most of the praise. He's prioritized community involvement with his department, put foot patrols back on the street where they belong and moved away from the zero-tolerence policing that had zero impact on the murder rate.

Time will tell though, (and I'd like to see the numbers on non-fatal shootings) but improvement is improvement.

Full story here.

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