Chicago Sees 16% Decline in Murders in 2017, But Still 650 People Were Killed

On June 30, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago saw nearly a 16% decline in murders in 2017 from the previous year, according to statistics released in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The city recorded 650 murders in 2017, a drop from 771 murders in 2016 — which had been the deadliest year in nearly two decades. The Chicago Police Department attributed the decrease in murders and shootings to “hard work by officers, adding more sworn personnel, investing in new technology to drive our smart policing strategy, and increasing partnerships.”

In 2017, the city had 2,785 shooting incidents and 3,457 shooting victims, which was a decrease from the 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,349 shooting victims in 2016, according to the newly released statistics.

“I am proud of the progress our officers made in reducing gun violence all across the city in 2017, but none of us are satisfied,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a statement. “In 2018, we are going to work to build on the progress we made last year — to reduce gun violence, to save lives and to find justice for victims.”

Police said that total citywide crime complaints had fallen by 2% and that they had made 27% more gun arrests in 2017.

Although the number of killings are down from 2016, the murders were still above most annual tallies in Chicago for the past decade. The number of yearly homicides in Chicago had hovered between 400 and just about 500, between 2007 and 2015.

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SOURCE: CNN, Madison Park