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NYPD tactics slash murder rate

One approach involves charging teen gang members with conspiracy, using taunts and threats they post on social-media sites


By Brad Hamilton and Jamie Schram
New York Post

NEW YORK — The city’s murder rate, which hit an all-time low last year, continues to plummet thanks to creative new police strategies that target youth gangs and spouse beaters.

The innovative tactics helped send the city’s homicide numbers tumbling to a record-low 414 murders in 2012 and they’re down another 33 percent so far this year, police said.

 In this Jan. 27, 2012 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Kelly says the NYPD will be doubling the size of its gang unit to combat a surge in social media-fueled violence. (AP Image)
In this Jan. 27, 2012 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Kelly says the NYPD will be doubling the size of its gang unit to combat a surge in social media-fueled violence. (AP Image)

One novel approach involves charging teen gang members with conspiracy, using taunts and threats they post on social-media sites to build mafia-style cases against them.

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