I wanted to post an update on homicide statistics year to date. The good news is we have 12 fewer homicides than we did at this time in 2008. The bad news is that's far too many. It's 12 more than we had at this time in 2007 and 18 more than at this time in 2006. I can assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep this year's homicide count from rising any higher.
You can see the full summary here.
We have cleared 45 percent of this year's cases, and 11 are under review at the prosecutor's office. If you count those under review, our 2009 homicide clearance rate is 58 percent.
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