07/19/2007

LAPD sees a 22% drop in homicides

LOS ANGELES — Southern California law enforcement officials, who started the year fearing a surge in gang crime, have reached midyear with a major drop in homicides, according to crime statistics released Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, there have been 201 homicides this year in the city of Los Angeles, 56 fewer than at the same time in 2006, a 22% drop.

Communities patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department also recorded double-digit declines. The Orange County Sheriff's Department has recorded four murders so far this year, a 20% reduction.

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