DETROIT (CBS Detroit / AP) – Homicides and non-fatal shootings in Detroit declined in 2021 compared to the previous year.
The city has recorded 309 homicides through the end of December compared to 323 in 2020, according to the Detroit Police Department’s year-end crime statistics released Thursday.
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There were also 1,065 non-fatal shootings in 2021, 105 fewer than the 1,170 the year before.
Detroit Police officials attribute the reduction to the arrival and implementation of the crime plan by Police Chief James White.
“We have taken a proactive approach to crime by implementing a 5 point crime plan that really focuses on quality of life issues,” White said at a press conference Thursday.
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However, the total number of violent offenses increased from 14,365 in 2020 to 14,758 in 2021, as the number of aggravated assaults and rapes increased.
Detroit recorded 275 homicides in 2019 and 261 homicides in 2018.
“Our community deserves safety. They deserve to be able to walk the streets and enjoy their lessons and not be the victims of gun violence or carjackings and drag racing, ”White said of the city moving forward. It’s just an unacceptable condition to live in, and we’ll do everything in our power constitutionally and professionally to make sure they have the opportunity to benefit our community.
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