December 4, 2017 283 Views
Chicago police Friday touted a 14% drop in homicides so far this year compared with an exceptionally bloody 2016, saying staffing investments and other strategies are reducing the kinds of violence that left some neighborhoods in despair.
Still, the number of killings in the nation’s third-largest city in 2017 remains higher than in almost any other year of the past decade — and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said his officers know there’s more to do.
“I would say … we’re making progress … But it’s going to take time to root out everything we need to do,” Johnson told reporters Friday outside a church on the city’s southwest side.
The city’s homicide total so far this year is 609, police say. That’s a 14% decline from this point last year when there had been 710 homicides. The year 2016 ended with 771 homicides.
703 fewer shootings reported to police, a 21% decline from this point in 2016;
• 798 fewer shooting victims, a 20% decline.
But while the number of killings may be down this year from last, this year’s 609 homicides already total well above most annual tallies in Chicago for the past decade.
“It’s important to keep in mind these numbers aren’t a spike of the football by any means,” but an indication progress is being made, Johnson said.