The city of Chicago has had 13 straight months of decreased gun violence, according to new statistics released by Chicago Police.
Shootings dropped 17 percent in March when compared the same time last year, while murders decreased 25 percent.
According to the department, murders dropped 22 percent year-to-date, while shootings decreased 25 percent in the first quarter of this year.
“The progress we have seen in the first quarter of the year is a direct result of the hard work of our officers and the investments we have made to make CPD a better agency for everyone,” Eddie Johnson, the Chicago Police Department’s Superintendent, said in a statement.
“Our work is far from over. We will continue our hiring plan and identify ways we can continue to integrate technology into the crime fight. We will also double down on our efforts to build trust and lasting partnerships with the communities we serve.”
The department said year-to-date robberies across Chicago dropped 14 percent, while year-to-date crime in the city fell 15 percent.
Chicago Police said the department extended its smart policing approach to two districts. This strategy includes “predictive technology and analytical tools” meant to prevent crime, the department said.
President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE periodically refers to crime and violence in Chicago and has said the city "needs help" and is "totally out of control."
"Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help," Trump said in a tweet last June. "1714 shootings in Chicago this year!"