Chicago police say homicide rate down compared to this time last year

CHICAGO —Chicago police department released crime numbers for February Friday and said violent crime has continued to drop in the city.

Police said there was a 44 percent decline in homicides as compared to the same time last year.

There have been 44 murders this year, compared to 80 in 2018.

Police said the number of homicides so far this year are at a five year low.

Police also said shootings are down 24 percent.

They credit the department's "smart policing strategy” over the past two years as the reason for the decline.

Last month CPD expanded strategic decision support centers to two more more districts, these are centers that use shot spotter technology that help identify locations of gunfire for faster officer response.

"Also, we have a 20 year low in robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts and I think those are things that show we are trending in the right direction.  So now the challenge is to sustain it," said Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Friday.

They also credit increased manpower, 95 officers hit the streets in February.

The city has reached its goal of hiring nearly 1,000 officers over a two year period.

"Also we have a 20 year low in robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts and I think those are things that show we are trending in the right direction.  So now the challenge is to sustain it," said Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Friday.

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