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Mpls. Violent Crime At Lowest Level In 25 Years

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Police say Minneapolis has the lowest violent crime levels in more than 25 years, and has capped a four-year streak of reductions in violent crime.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan held a news conference Monday to talk about strategies they used to fight crime.

“Our officers continue to work hard for the people of Minneapolis, and they should be proud of the results they’ve achieved,” said Dolan.

According to a city news release, robbery, aggravated assault, and rape are all down year-to-date between about 3 and 7 percent from 2009.

The number of homicides is up since last year, but 2008, 2009, and 2010 so far have the lowest homicide levels in 25 years or more.

Early in the year, it appeared as though homicides were set to spike.

“This year started out with a few challenging months, but we didn’t panic,” said Rybak. “We worked harder and smarter. We analyzed our data, determined what was driving the increase in violence and adjusted our tactics.”

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