Press Release
November 1, 2012

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Murder Rate Decrease in October

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

 "The Chicago Police Department works tirelessly to make our city safer and rid our streets of gangs, guns and drugs.  While overall crime is down 9 percent and the decrease in the murder rate and shootings during October is evidence that their hard work is working, we still have more work to do to ensure that residents in all neighborhoods across Chicago are safe." 

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Chicago Police today announced that the month of October saw the second lowest murder rate since 1982 as well as a drop in shootings compared to 2011. Chicago police also announced today the result of two separate, long-term investigations that led to the confiscation of $4 million in drugs, $1.6 million in cash and the arrest of seven offenders. The investigations represent one of the key features of the Department’s Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).