Statistics Show 650 Homicides in Chicago in 2017

Chicago police say there was less gun violence in the city in 2017 compared to the year before, reports Westwood One, but the total number of homicides still topped the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade. Statistics released by the police department on Monday show the number of homicides fell from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017. The number of shooting incidents dropped from 3,550 to 2,785 for the same period. The department says the drop is in part due to an expansion of technology that enables police to pinpoint where shots have been fired and quickly dispatch officers to the crime scene. Police say they’re optimistic that the planned expansion of such crime-fighting technology will help bring down the numbers even more in 2018. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who says there is still plenty of work to do. The 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.”