The department says there were 94 fewer homicides in the first 11
months of 2013 than recorded for the same period in 2012. There were
380 homicides through November of this year. Last year, there were
474 homicides through the end of November and 503 for the year.
The number of shootings in 2013 has also fallen, with police saying
there were 1,712 in the first 11 months of the year compared to
2,291 for the same period in 2012.
After last year's surge in violence, the department launched a crime
fighting effort initiative that included paying more officers
overtime to patrol some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.
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