Saturday, January 4, 2014


Chicago’s Police Department said Wednesday that after leading the nation in homicides in 2012, recording more than 500, the city last year listed the lowest number of killings since 1965, and saw its overall crime rate fall to a level not seen since 1972, the Associated Press reports. By the end of 2013, the city had recorded 415 homicides, 88 fewer than in 2012 and 20 fewer than in 2011, the AP reports.
Chicago’s crime reduction was due, in part, to changing police tactics, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Besides putting more officers on the street, he said, various programs for young people have played a major role in reducing violent crime, reports show. This summer, he said at a recent news conference, a record 20,000 young people were involved in the city's jobs program.
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