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New York City ends the year with 290 murders

New York City ends the year with 290 murders

The NYPD ended the year with fewer than 300 homicides and less than 800 shootings, cops said.

A generation ago, an average of six New Yorkers were killed every day in New York City.

"Community police is a community oriented police force", Willians told PIX11, "where the police have more tools just to arrest someone".

At a joint news conference Mayor de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced that the number of murders past year, 290, was the lowest since 1951, compared to the all time High in 1990 of 2,245 murders.

O'Neill has long credited the drop in crime to the department's neighborhood policing initiative, where cops are given specific sectors and are instructed to reach out to residents in the area.

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Mayor de Blasio says he's proud of the numbers.

Police said the decline in crime is due in part to focusing more on larger raids and less on smaller violations, and in part to a shift in community policing. In 2016, there were 335 murders.

The number of murders was the lowest since 1951, when comparable record-keeping began.

Police officials said there are fewer arrests because officers are working smarter. There were 1,446 rapes reported in 2017, four more than in 2016.

"We can do better", said Chief Dermot Shea, head of crime control strategies.

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