Murder rate down in the City of Fresno

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The Fresno Police Department released new crime numbers across the city and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the number of murders are down dramatically. 

According to Dyer, homicides in the city of Fresno are down by 36 percent. 

So far this year, the city had 31 homicides compare to 49 murders this same time last year. 

“Anytime you can impact peoples lives by reducing the chance of them being shot or the fact that we’re seeing fewer people being killed in our city; that not only has an impact in terms of our emergency room services reducing the numbers of visits in our emergency rooms,” Dyer said. 

Dyer said there have been 131 fewer shootings compared to last year. 

Dyer said violent crimes are down in southwest Fresno by 50 percent. 

Police cracking down on gang members and taking guns off the streets. 

“This year, we had 82 shootings. We’re on track to have under a hundred shootings in southwest Fresno. That’s never happened in southwest Fresno,” Fresno Police Captain Mark Salazar said. 

Salazar said highlights a combination of prevention, intervention, and enforcement in the southwest Fresno area for these dramatically low numbers. 

Salazar said they plan to do about a dozen gang operations in the near future. 

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