The city of Chicago marked its first 24 hours without a shooting or a murder in almost a year.
Wednesday was the first day-long break without deadly violence since early in 2011 in the city, which is known the world over for it’s historical ties to Al Capone and Prohibition-era gangsters.
‘This is clearly the result of the tremendous police work of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department,’ Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced yesterday, reports NBC Chicago.
Last year, 1,000 more officers were put on the streets of Chicago, which has one of the highest crime rates in America.
‘Since May, the Chicago Police Department has put more officers back into districts working to keep our communities safe.
‘Introduced CompStat, a data-driven approach to fighting crime; and empowered district commanders and given them increased resources to reduce violence in their districts,’ McCarthy added.
‘While we are making progress, we still have work to do.
‘And will not be satisfied until we significantly decrease the number of murders in every community throughout the city,’ McCarthy added.
Last year Chicago saw fewer murders than in 2010 except for the Englewood neighborhood.
Police recorded 419 murders, down from 437 in 2010, reports NBC.
Englewood saw a 40 percent increase with 56 people killed in 2011.
Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in America, but Newark, St Louis and New Orleans still remain the nation’s murder capitals.