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NYPD’s top cop discusses NYC’s historic crime drop — and the surge in shootings

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:59:17-04

Since the start of the year, the city has seen a historic drop in overall crime, led by a 13.5 percent reduction in murders. The NYPD has accomplished this while making dramatically fewer arrests compared to the same time last year.  However, a recent surge in shootings serves as a stark reminder that keeping New Yorkers safe requires constant vigilance.

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