05/30/2011

El Paso's homicide clearance rate: 102 of 106 murders since '04

Since 1980, dept. has had an 87 percent homicide clearance rate, compared with national average of 63 percent

By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas - In a modern society with advances in DNA technology and other crime-solving techniques, the El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit has a surprising weapon that has helped them maintain a high homicide clearance rate - dedication.

Since 2004, unit detectives have investigated 106 slayings and solved all but four of them. Two homicides this year have yet to result in an arrest. However, detectives said they're closing in on possible suspects in those killings.

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